Japanese ICT solutions providers gearing up for Thai digital economy

BANGKOK, NNA - Japanese companies providing information and communication technology solutions are gearing up to meet increasing demand for digital services among Thai businesses, as the government is attempting to drive forward the country on the strength of the digital economy.

Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications signed agreements Monday with two Thai government organizations in a bid to encourage bilateral ICT collaboration.

One agreement was inked with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand's telecom regulator, for the purpose of telecom and broadcasting exchanges, while the other accord was signed with the newly established Ministry of Digital Economy and Society for ICT development cooperation covering disaster risk management, cyber security and postal services.

Atsuko Tominaga, deputy manager at the Global Business Division of Internet Initiative Japan Inc., a leading cloud service provider, said IIJ has seen growing demand for data centers in Thailand due to government efforts to enhance the ICT sector by promoting the digital economy.

The company is planning to provide a modular data center and its procedural knowledge to the Thai side in the near future, she added.

IIJ has set up a joint venture with a Thai partner, T.C.C. Technology Co., which provides hosting and data center services, to offer local companies cloud solutions.

IIJ's cloud services, launched in the Thai market in October, have received good feedback from entrepreneurs who need cloud computing technology to help them run businesses, Tominaga said, adding the joint venture, Leap Solutions Asia Co., now has nearly 100 clients, both Thai and Japanese.

Veerapol Paisarnsupnimit, sales director at NTT Data (Thailand) Co., a subsidiary of Japan's Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., said the company also sees potential for digital economy development in Thailand and plans to widen its customer base to small and medium-sized enterprises next year by collaborating with NTT's offices in Singapore and Malaysia.

Moreover, the company will pay more attention to serving non-Japanese corporations rather than focusing on Japanese multinational businesses. It is aiming to even the ratio of Japanese and non-Japanese customers, compared with 60:40 at present. (NNA/Kyodo)

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