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Why green cities are smart cities

Business and Enterprise

Posted on March 19, 2018

3 min read

The opportunity to transform communities, suburbs and cities into smart spaces can result in less carbon and higher levels of amenity, productivity and social benefit. In simple terms, more cloud means less carbon.

Companies recognise sustainability as an essential factor for long-term success, and finding solutions to pressing environmental challenges is business critical. But do the latest digital solutions and advancements in IT infrastructure, networking and cloud offer businesses a solution to reduce their environmental impacts?

At a very practical level, technology has much to offer cities, suburbs and local communities – and this means that the cloud has a key role to play in providing innovative services and applications that meet growing demand from business, residents and tourists alike.

More broadly, smart cities are being conceived in a way that address real-world issues such as public safety and collision avoidance capabilities, emergency services, traffic congestion and environmental monitoring.

In short, our digital future comprises much more than internet-connected fridges and streaming video.

The Internet of Things (IoT) and its ability to support billions of connected devices worldwide is likely to positively transform industries, sectors and communities. IoT is a key element of smart cities and feeds into the total mix of activities which shape a community’s digital aspirations and demands.

The benefits of switching to cloud technology within a green cities context are multifaceted for enterprises. Cloud can help a business, tenant or landlord to enhance their competitive advantage, by enabling global connectivity, improving efficiency, and reducing networking costs.

What many organisations aren’t aware of is the benefits of cloud for reducing energy-related costs and carbon emissions. Our latest research study and whitepaper called Connecting With The Cloud – A Low-Carbon Future Is Ahead focuses on the potential of cloud to drive operational and cost efficiencies, while cutting carbon emissions.

Interestingly, the study found that if all Australian organisations moved to cloud technology, we could potentially reduce carbon emissions by 4.5 million tonnes a year. This would translate into approximately $1 billion savings in energy costs annually.

And these energy savings extend across the board, from small organisations to large multinationals. The study found that a small business with 1 to 19 employees can reduce carbon emissions by 78 per cent when moving their on-premises IT to shared cloud computing. For large organisations of over 500 employees, this can extend to a savings of as much as 80 per cent in carbon emissions.

Technology is a powerful force in creating positive environments and spaces. It’s also an opportunity to transform how we develop services and applications that are highly connected and deliver meaningful outcomes for communities. These are increasingly critical requirements as we move toward the creation and management of green cities.

We know that smart cities and IoT applications will be built on the foundations of state-of-the-art, superfast connectivity and cloud infrastructure, and this translates directly in high performance green cities.

Calculating what you can save by moving to the cloud is straightforward. Our Cloud Footprint Calculator is a business-friendly tool that can help you make smart decisions that are commercially sensible and customer-centric.

Find out what you could save by moving to Telstra’s cloud.

Our role in a connected ASEAN future

Business and Enterprise

Posted on March 15, 2018

3 min read

In this excerpt from his A Connected ASEAN essay, our Group Managing Director of International and Global Services, David Burns, discusses Australia’s role in defining future technological growth within the Southeast Asian region’s digital economy.

If ASEAN successfully harnesses the benefits of disruptive technologies, it is set to become a major force in the global digital economy. Australia can play a pivotal role.

The inaugural ASEAN-Australia Special Summit marks an important milestone for Australia and Southeast Asia this year, coinciding with a time of global change that will shape our collective future. As the world enters an era defined by digitisation and connectivity, no other region is more poised to benefit than ASEAN.

Counting among its 10 member states some of the world’s fastest growing economies, like Philippines and Vietnam, the World Economic Forum predicts ASEAN will become the world’s fifth largest economy by 2020. Google notes that the region’s internet economy hit US$50 billion in 2017 alone, making it the third largest global region for internet users.

Southeast Asia’s large and growing population is young and enthusiastically taking up new technologies in its cities, while its rural areas are increasingly being connected through the improved internet and mobile infrastructure. The latest data from global social media agency, We Are Social, shows that while just 58% of Southeast Asia’s population is online today, countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam are recording some of the world’s biggest jumps in social media user numbers – at year-on-year growth rates of 23 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

In the one-year period leading to January 2018, Indonesia saw its active social media user base grow by 24 million – a number equivalent to the Australian population. With a population of 265 million, it is incredible to think that Indonesia has 416 million mobile connections and 130 million individuals active on social media. Indonesian consumers spend on average nearly nine hours online every day. With an e-commerce penetration rate of just 11%, Indonesia’s online consumer goods market is worth US$7 billion and growing at more than 20 percent year-on-year.

A recent study by ATKearney found that the implementation of a radical digital agenda could add US$1 trillion to ASEAN’s GDP over the next decade. The question now is how can Australia and Australian companies help their ASEAN counterparts capture this enormous opportunity. This is a question that Telstra has already considered and is working to address in a variety of ways.

You can read David Burns’ full essay, A Connected ASEAN, on the Asia Society website.

Why it’s so important to build a secure hybrid cloud

Business and Enterprise

Posted on February 16, 2018

3 min read

Businesses today need access to the digital ecosystems of their partners, suppliers, and customers to succeed.

Research conducted by Gartner for its 2017 CIO agenda showed that the main difference between top performing companies was their creation of, and participation in, digital ecosystems.

One need only look at some of the most valuable listed companies in the world to see the importance of ecosystems: from social media giants and mobile phone app stores; to enterprise productivity suites such as Microsoft’s Office365.

To enable collaboration, organisations need to open up access to their systems and platforms. Doing so can create risks for both partners.

Consider for example a retail bank that wants to partner with a fast-growing start up that provides innovative new ways for customers to manage their money. The startup needs access to customer information but the bank needs to ensure that it retains control of that data to comply with regulations.

It is not surprising then that security, compliance and governance are top concerns for businesses. According to the 2017 Telstra Cyber Security whitepaper, around 58 percent of organisations in Australia have detected a security breach on at least a monthly basis which is more than twice as often compared to 2016 (24%).

Telstra's Hybrid Cloud

Overly complex security processes can lead to different business units self-sourcing ungoverned and non-compliant services to make their jobs easier. Management of multiple clouds, each with their own security protocols and capabilities, becomes a resource-draining but necessary task. The business risk of ignoring these issues should not be underestimated.

The solution lies in putting in place:

  • the appropriate policies,
  • having visibility of application use and access, and
  • using tools to enforce the policies with minimum resources required from the organisation’s IT team.

More and more organisations are sourcing support from cloud experts in the form of a managed service, or leveraging intuitive cloud management platforms to increase security and productivity in multiple environments.

Managed services and cloud management platforms take care of governance and compliance (including essential security activities) and reduces the burden of day-to-day management.

The best managed cloud solution providers:

  • will hold certifications, and
  • have a strong automation element designed to simplify common tasks and ensure compliance scales as easily and quickly as the cloud does.

These options empower organisations with the flexibility to work with partners inside and outside of their organisation, with the assurance that access is secure, visible and easily managed.

For more information on how Telstra is helping organisations get the most from hybrid cloud, read our blueprint for best practice.

Getting into good books and going places: why global collaboration is good for business

Business and Enterprise

Posted on February 8, 2018

2 min read

In the digital age, organisations must embrace collaboration strategies that facilitate the seamless flow of ideas across geographies and time zones.

Today, companies and their employees are looking to go places. Businesses are on the lookout for expansion opportunities in new markets; employees want to work flexibly and have their voices heard – literally.

With the global business environment evolving rapidly, employees are in need of channels that allow them to respond to and resolve business challenges quickly and efficiently. This, therefore, raises the question – how can a business penetrate or sustain its presence in new markets if it has little or no ability to properly engage employees on the ground, respond to user issues, and ensure consistent service quality?

Cloud technologies empower today’s new way of working. They amplify the voice and value of employees, allowing people to work anywhere and stay connected to their data, colleagues and customers around the clock. For this reason, Springer, the world’s largest academic book publisher, turned to a best-of-breed unified communication platform and world-class network connectivity to get 13,000 employees in 22 countries on the same page.

The solution was designed by Telstra to meet Springer’s specific business requirements and provides six data links serving 10,000 end-points across three regions, enhancing redundancy and connectivity.

The technology is delivering point-to-point video and audio conferencing, multi-party video-conferencing, instant messaging and shared desktop experiences. It is also helping to connect disparate and legacy phone and IT systems that were hindering collaboration across offices.

Building on our Asia-Pacific network leadership with new investments

Business and Enterprise

Posted on January 22, 2018

3 min read

A vast network of undersea and terrestrial cables carry the data we use to connect to the cloud, stream content, shop, and socialise online. But capacity demand on these cables is increasing at around 30 percent each year, as cloud computing scales and as we continue to use more and more data. Paul Abfalter, our Director of OTT and Emerging Markets, explains how we are investing to meet this growing demand and growing our network leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.

As cloud computing and the number and variety of digital devices in use worldwide continues to explode, so too does the demand for the international networks, like a subsea cable, needed to keep them connected.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Asia, which is now home to almost half the world’s internet consumers and where tens of millions of new services are enabled every year.

While Japan has historically been the primary driver of economic growth in the Asia-Pacific (or APAC) region, China is now the second largest economy in the world and is driving the most capacity growth of any country in Asia. As an example, we saw a 25 percent uplift in traffic across our IP network in a single day during the ‘Double 11’ or ‘Singles Day’ sales promotion in China last November.

In line with this increasing demand, we are investing in two new international subsea cable systems that will connect Hong Kong and the west coast of the United States. These investments will help us to meet the growing demand for capacity to support the growth of China and south-east Asia, and will maintain our position as the owner and operator of the largest network of Asia-Pacific subsea cables.

The first investment will see us partner to build the new Hong Kong Americas (HKA) cable, on which we will have a half fibre pair. Additionally, we will invest in capacity on the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) that will also connect Hong Kong and the US. The investment will deliver the equivalent of 6 terabits per second (TBps) of new capacity on our network.

These two cables will provide our customers with greater resiliency, bypassing areas prone to natural disasters. They will also offer two direct, alternative paths to our AAG cable – on which we operate the most capacity and which connects South East Asia to the US west coast via Hong Kong, Guam and Hawaii.

These investments follow the announcement in April last year that we had entered into a consortium to build INDIGO, a new subsea cable system between Australia and South East Asia.

We are one of the leaders in transporting the data that enables millions of consumers and businesses to connect to the internet and with each other around the world. Our subsea network is a key part of our international growth strategy and the services we provide to large and emerging cloud and content companies, global and regional mobile and service providers, as well as multinational corporations requiring connectivity across APAC.

We will continue to invest to maintain our network leadership, and this includes a commitment to investing in additional capacity on the Australia to US route, as well as investing in terrestrial networks in China, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines to expand on our already unique positions there.

The HKA cable is expected to be completed in 2020 and PLCN in 2019.