The Asia-Pacific is home to the world’s largest population of internet users, driven by a strong growth in the mobile sector, recent government initiatives in support of digitalization, and multinational companies seeking to expand their business operations across the region. In this environment, a growing number of multinationals seeking connectivity solutions in APAC are turning to next-generation networks as enterprise WANs become more costly and complex to run at peak performance.

In order to enhance the agility of their network as well as cloud connectivity, many international firms are taking advantage of hybrid WANs that use MPLS and internet services to support enterprise cloud adoption, as well as offloading traffic from MPLS to lower-cost internet services. However, as Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Asia/Pacific Network Services Report 2018 points out, while more than half of all regional Network Service Providers (NSPs) have the ability to support extended domestic connectivity in emerging markets such as APAC, their capabilities and experience vary greatly.

In its report, Gartner also named China Telecom as among the top NSPs for its high-performing APAC network. In addition to its advanced SD-WAN solution, the company offers an extensive global MPLS network with direct connectivity to 31 major markets via 87 Points of Presence (PoPs). It also has NFV nodes in as many as 10 APAC countries and managed vCPE via Versa Networks in seven APAC cities and throughout China – services which are delivered alongside advanced Ethernet over Layer 1 and Ethernet over MPLS solutions.

“As APAC enterprises become increasingly interested in SD-WAN and managed SD-WAN services for the development of hybrid cloud solutions, it’s important to identify a provider that’s capable of meeting companies’ individual requirements,” commented Steven Tan, President, China Telecom Americas.  “We are honored to be listed among the top APAC Network Service Providers, as this is a testament to our dedication to providing customers with highly effective connectivity solutions.  We will continue to leverage our strong domestic network and local support capabilities to serve multinational corporations in the APAC region, and look forward to continuing the expansion of our global network.”

For multinational organizations in the financial services sector seeking to establish or expand their footprint in the Asia-Pacific, China Telecom’s low-latency network connects 13 global financial hubs with seven in APAC, including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

Gartner’s APAC Critical Capabilities for Network Services Report 2018 is available to download by clicking here.