HKT and Huawei Technologies have announced plans to jointly open a Digital Transformation Practice Center (DTPC) that designed to help telecoms operators worldwide expedite their own digital transformation process.
The DTPC – which will be set up by mid-2018 in Hong Kong, is aimed at sharing the experience and practices of the Hong Kong incumbent carrier gained during its digital business transformation journey to help guide the digitalization process of other carriers.
HKT has contracted Huawei to carry out its digital transformation project, under which the Hong Kong incumbent carrier has employed Huawei’s open ROADS architecture as a blueprint for its transformation project, called "Project Earth". The pair worked closely together to redefine HKT’s business objectives, implement agile operations, revamp OSS and cloudified its network infrastructure.
“Many operators are very interested in this project and have come to us to ask about how to do their own business digital transformation project. We found that it’s difficult to explain to telcos in just one day or two how to do that. So we decided to build the DTPC to use different approaches to enlighten them digital transformation,” said Joe Hou, project director of Project Earth for Huawei Technologies and director of Huawei GTS architecture committee, at the launch ceremony for the DTPC in Barcelona on Sunday.
“Quite a number of operators are saying that they are doing business digital transformation. But digital transformation isn’t like building a network. There are no standard, specifications [to follow]. We want to mirror all the experience we gained through the past 18 months and open up ourselves to other operators so we can learn from each other,” said Henry Wong, HKT’s head of strategic wireless technology and core network
Through the DTPC, Wong said, HKT and Huawei digital business transformation project team will provide on-site sharing of the experience and practices gained in the transformation journey with visitors. The DTPC will also provide online hands on practice covering a wide range of topics, from strategic planning, user experience design to technology work stream.
HKT will also mirror its digital transformation products, services and operations platform to the DTPC, together with Huawei Cloud Open Labs, to allow visitors to gain hands-on experience on HKT’s cloud platform.
Leveraging this platform, HKT and Huawei will further innovate new products and services, incubate service capabilities and products, pilot new approaches to digitalization, and develop relevant products and offerings, the companies said.