Asean integrated communications provider Acasia relaunched
By Digital News Asia June 1, 2015
- Has crafted five initiatives derived from the Asean ICT Masterplan 2015
- Among them is the Asean Market Place one-stop community portal
SEVEN major telecommunications companies from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) have come together again to re-establish Acasia Communications Sdn Bhd, a company that would assist in the creation of an integrated Asean community via the use of information and communications technology (ICT).
The seven are the Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT); PT Indosat from Indonesia; Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company; Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel); Telekom Brunei Bhd; Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM); and Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group.
Acasia was first incorporated in 1995 in Kuala Lumpur, and in a statement, the company said it firmly believes that through ICT, Asean will be able to accelerate its vision of becoming a region with single market and production base characteristics.
“The re-launch of ACASIA signifies a new corporate facelift for the company as well as new business initiatives, while continuing to be an organisation built by the people of Asean for Asean, in line with our tagline ‘One Asean One Service,” said Acasia chief executive officer Azmal Yahya.
“The new ACASIA is fully equipped to serve multitude of verticals within the Asean region, ranging from small medium enterprises (SMEs), larger enterprises, multinationals, broadcasters, telcos and financial institutions to education sectors and government agencies via its seamless connectivity services and revolutionary ICT solutions,” he declared.
Acasia said it has crafted ICT solutions and initiatives to cater to businesses and communities in the region.
These five initiatives were derived from the Asean ICT Masterplan 2015: Asean Market Place (aMP), Asean Regional Connectivity (aRC), Asean Broadcast Hub (aBH), Asean Internet Exchange (aIX) and Asean Command Centre (aCC).
The aMP, jointly developed by the Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia and Acasia, was launched by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at the recent Asean SME Showcase & Conference 2015 organised by SME Corporation Malaysia.
aMP is designed as a one-stop community portal to create business expansion opportunities for Asean SMEs via business matching and market regionalisation.
It features an online directory of SMEs from the 10 Asean countries to catalyse business-to-business (B2B) partnerships and forge business relationships, and will soon include basic ICT applications and cloud services, online advertisement as well as financial information and services, Acasia said.
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