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Building a hyper-connected, smarter world

CONNECTIVITY is of great value in the world today. While the demands for Internet access and digital networks are on a steep upward curve, some countries are in need of bolstering infrastructure to usher in economic growth.

China Telecom, one of the world's largest providers of integrated telecommunications services, is committed to democratising connectivity across the globe. In particular, the company is focused on fostering regional connectivity along the massive Belt and Road route, which spans parts of Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2016, China Telecom partnered with Kazakhtelecom to deliver a low-latency and high-capacity network along the "Transit Silk Road" from Asia to Europe, which connects Hong Kong to Frankfurt with only 155ms of latency. The company has also partnered strategically with other carriers to construct a 20,000 kilometre fibre-optic submarine cable, known as the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable. The cable provides a high-speed digital connection of up to 100GB/s to 16 countries, including those in the Middle East and Africa.

China Telecom is focused on building a hyper-connected, smarter world. To make this into a reality, the company is collaborating with local governments across China and internationally to build smart cities.

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Enabled with cloud computing, big data analysis and the Internet of Things, these cities will become sustainable and efficient ecosystems designed to improve the quality of life for their citizens.

To deliver on its promise, China Telecom has been rolling out smart city projects in more than 207 cities across China since 2010. This includes the city of Nanjing, which uses China Telecom's technology to collect data from 150 million sources, such as traffic and the environment, in order to optimise the city's operations, infrastructure, and maintenance.

In fact, Nanjing was ranked as one of the most mature smart cities in the world by Arthur D Little.

Furthermore, China Telecom is collaborating with the Malaysian government on a project called SMARTXP, which employs a comprehensive monitoring platform and intelligent cloud system to provide "smart" public services, including medical, and transportation services. Not only in Asia, China Telecom also works on smart city schemes with other governments, including those of France, Belarus and Australia.

As these smart city projects begin to take shape across the globe, China Telecom is growing its service ecosystem. Ultimately, the company aims to leverage its expertise in connectivity across a global network to boost economic growth.

Singapore, as a pivotal hub of connectivity, both in terms of physical trades and informational flow, has always been dedicated to nurturing favourable environment for enterprises residing here to develop business outreaching to the depth of every corner in Asia. China Telecom Singapore, with an 11-year track record of success in Singapore, has been aligning itself to the same objective for both Chinese companies and other MNCs, providing better infrastructures and solutions to facilitate business development just a click away.

Leveraging the Belt and Road Initiative, China Telecom provides a global platform through its extensive infrastructure to allow companies in various types to stand on Singapore and reach out to the Asia-Pacific region via seamless connectivity, closing gaps between different cultures and backgrounds.

As a world-leading and experienced Smart City solution provider, China Telecom endeavours to create a smart lifestyle in the era of information technology.

  • The writer is the president of China Telecom (Singapore) Pte Ltd
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