“It’s really an opportunity for network operators to move up the value chain and actually participate in the cloud computing ecosystem by competing with all the other big cloud operators and really leveraging that real estate with the network connectivity that goes with it.”

Read more: Metaswitch CTO: Edge computing can benefit multiple industries across Asia Pacific

In order to know more about telcos’ digital transformation and the role of satellite operators in the 5G era, Telecom Review spoke to Karl Horne, VP, Telco/MNO Data Solutions, SES Networks at ConnecTechAsia 2019.

Read more: SES’s Karl Horne discusses 5G, cloud enablement and digital transformation  

When Peter Knight, the editor of the business newsletter of the Sunday Times, coined the term “FinTech” in the 1980s, it was only to describe a bot that had reorganised his mailbox. Little did he know that this word, an abbreviation of “financial technology”, would somehow slink into the back-end systems of orthodox financial firms throughout the 2000s and eventually find its way into the common vernacular during the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. The crisis, which wreaked financial apocalypse on 50% of the world’s GDP, caused worldwide distrust, lack of confidence and dubiety towards traditional banking establishments – all of which were necessary ingredients to sow the seeds of innovation and creation that would lead to a new breed of financial institutions known as FinTechs.

Read more: In with the new: How FinTech and E-Commerce are driving innovation in Asia

The Asia Pacific region is currently witnessing the untethered mushrooming of emerging technologies, establishing itself as a global startup hotbed for creators, artists, entrepreneurs and disruptors all scrambling to get a piece of the millennial success story pie. Undoubtedly, many of these success stories can trace their lineage back to the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Google, who dominated the late 20th century and kick-started an era of renewed innovation powered by youthful vigour and an unrelenting hunger to succeed. Within the countries in Southeast Asia specifically, the marriage between its growing economies and society’s increasing tech savviness has birthed a flourishing startup ecosystem unlike any other, simultaneously transforming the region’s socio-economic landscape whilst providing numerous opportunities to its different communities.

Read more: Asian invasion: The rise of the Southeast Asian startup scene

Trend and Challenges of Digital Network O&M

4G changes lives, while 5G changes societies. 5G networks need to support scenarios of ultra-large bandwidth, ultra-low delays and massive connections, to serve various vertical industry applications such as automatic driving, industrial control, smart grid, large videos and AR/VR.

Read more: AI meeting slicing, 5G network O&M becomes more intelligent

In a society that has become increasingly preoccupied with having the latest technologically-advanced gadgets and apps for ease, entertainment and leisure, it is easy to forget that there are still billions of world citizens, especially children, who are suffering in silence from the lack of basic healthcare and nutritional needs. In light of this confronting reality, one man has decided to use his influence and platform to change this, beginning with his home country of India.

Read more: Saathealth CEO: “We believe there is an opportunity to serve the needs of millions of children”

The 21st century is currently witnessing a technological renaissance unlike anything it has ever experienced before. The proliferation of new technologies like 5G network, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, blockchain and virtual and augmented reality are just some of the emerging game changers that have taken the world - Asia in particular - by storm. In terms of digital innovation and technological foresight, Asia has proven itself to be at the top of its class, yet nothing stirs the Asian imagination quite like the reality of artificial intelligence (AI).

Read more: Asia’s AI awakening: Opportunities and challenges

“Limelight Network’s private CDN network coupled with our move to build a stronger edge presence, are committed to helping our clients tackle challenges in delivering quality digital content to end-users, and ultimately improve overall customer experience,” says Jaheer Abbas, the Senior Director of Limelight Networks for Southeast Asia and India.

Read more: Limelight Networks continuously evolves to meet ever-changing customer needs

At MWC Shanghai, Telecom Review carried out an interview with Rana Gujral, CEO of Behavioral Signals. The Los Angeles-based tech start-up focuses on initiating emotionally intelligent conversations with artificial intelligence (AI). Their use of emotions to deduce voice data has helped them build engines that are more emotionally-savvy. Their award-winning flagship product - OliverAPI -  allows enterprises to track emotions and behaviors in natural language conversations to get a complete view of related key performance indicators.  By being able to recognize emotional cues and perform and behavioral prediction analytics, their technology provides enriched conversational insights for interaction with voice assistants, chatbots, robotic virtual assistants, social healthcare robotics and mobile voice assistants.

Read more: Emotionally-Savvy AI and the Role of Voice Technology

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