China’s Huawei Technologies Co is planning to make an investment of $10 million in a cloud data center in Thailand as part of its business expansion to the Asia-Pacific region. The Chinese multinational telecom solutions provider recently has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to promote local adoption of digital technologies and services.
The cloud data center facility will be located in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) that covers multiple provinces like Chonburi, Chachoengsao, Rayong and Samut Prakan. In order to accelerate the digitalization of Thailand, Huawei plans to open its OpenLab and Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Center (CSIC) in Bangkok—the largest city as well as the capital of the country.
As part of the MoU, Huawei will offer consulting services to help speed up the development of the government’s big data ecosystem as well as to explore and train more talented people for information and communication technology (ICT) industries. This move, according to Guo Ping—the rotating CEO of Huawei, targets at facilitating the growth of local small and medium enterprises and startups.
“The leading cloud data center will be a hybrid cloud for local enterprises and the government, and even individual users. They can benefit from it in terms of better applying big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and other latest technologies. The end result is, the cloud data center drives Thailand toward the new economy,” said Qiang Hua, managing director of Huawei Thailand.
The initial investment of $10 million will be used for the first stage of the data center construction. The plan and design is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and Thailand government will propose an action plan in March 2017.
The introduction of the cloud data center is the latest move of Thailand government to pave up the way of the country’s economic reforms and growth. In addition to the government operations related to public services such as the disaster-warning system, it will also serve various industry sectors across the country.
By now, the exact model of collaboration that will be used in building the new cloud data center still remains a secret. Public-private collaboration is regarded as a good solution, but apparently, the Thailand government wants to consider more products from other enterprises.