With a growing number of customers and a growing team in Asia, our Singapore office is moving. Our new location is 218 Orchard Road. 218 means “easily prosper for sure” to the Chinese, so hopefully that is a good sign. What is evident though, is that a lot of hard work has placed TSIC in the No. 1 position in the Renesys Global (now Dys) ranking for Backbone since Oct 13th.
In Asia, we have also risen from number 4 to number 3, which shows that we have gained the trust of our customers and that we have a reputation as a reliable provider.
The Asian market place is very busy and TSIC has been attending all major conferences in the region, such as: Carriers World, Apricot, and Asian Carriers Conference (ACC). Capacity Asia in Bangkok is next in line. Just recently at ACC in the Philippines – a show visited by 1500 delegates spread across 500 companies and 45 countries – the team of 12 people included colleagues not only from Data & Infra sales but also Voice & Mobile Data, Product Management and Procurement. All in the purpose of further building our relationships in this market and enhance the understanding within our own organization to serve our customers and partners better. We had many laughs along the way with our customers and partners, as well as great business discussions. It is evident that the relationships are solid and built up over many years.
Asia is a multi-faceted market. While Macau and Singapore have the highest mobile internet penetration in the world, other countries, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, are right at the bottom of the list*.
In Asia, unlike the US and Europe, there are really no ‘umbrella’ bodies like the FCC or European Union governing the Internet. Each country can very much do what they like without the need to adhere to strict regional market regulation. Asia also has other aspects that make it unique. China, for example is one of the few countries in the world where Facebook and Google are not the dominant social media networks. Instead, the space is filled by “home grown” companies like the Chinese search giant Baidu.
This makes the telecommunications industry in Asia a challenging place, but at the same time, highly unique and very interesting.
What is definitely clear is that the demand for Internet connectivity is growing in the region.
*Source: 2014 Global Internet Report from Internet Society