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Singtel has announced a strategic partnership with Hitachi Digital to accelerate industrial AI solutions using Singtel’s Paragon platform. This collaboration focuses on integrating Hitachi’s AI applications with Singtel’s 5G, edge computing, and cloud services. The initiative aims to boost quality assurance, workplace safety, and pre-emptive maintenance, enhancing enterprise connectivity and productivity significantly.

Singtel and KKR are set to invest $1.3 billion for a minority stake in ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC), marking the latest significant investment in the data center sector. The companies will initially acquire S$1.75 billion (US$1.3 billion) in redeemable preference shares and warrants, with a plan to invest an additional S$1.24 billion once the warrants are fully exercised.

Singtel ramps up its maritime digital services by integrating the innovative satellite technology from Starlink. This breakthrough aims to inspire ship operators into adopting digital solutions such as AI, 5G, edge computing, and cloud-based technologies for improved operational efficiency and safety measures. Starlink, a first-of-its-kind low Earth orbit broadband service included in Singtel’s comprehensive iSHIP offerings, offers enhanced connectivity and reduced latency.

In a strategic overhaul, Singtel has sold its cybersecurity subsidiary, Trustwave, to MC2 Titanium in a $205 million transaction. The sale, which was on the lower end of predicted ranges, marks a significant loss on Singtel’s initial investment. This action is part of Singtel’s wider initiative to optimize resources and improve shareholder value by centring its focus on 5G and other digital services. This story brings a further glimpse into Singtel’s resculpting journey, with the effectiveness of this asset divestiture strategy awaiting a verdict in upcoming fiscal reports.

KKR’s recent acquisition of a segment of Singtel’s data centre business, marking a staggering valuation of Singtel’s Digital InfraCo at S$5.5 billion, signals enduring private equity interest in telecommunications, regardless of economic turbulence. The move intends to boost Singtel’s regional expansion, piggybacking on the booming data centre industry and skyrocketing enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure services. This symbiotic partnership, leveraging Singtel’s expertise and KKR’s track record, promises to advance InfraCo’s growth in markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.

Four powerhouse telecom companies have forged an alliance to harness the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), revolutionizing customer experiences and uncovering potential business opportunities. This alliance, brought to life in Seoul, South Korea, promises to co-develop a Telco AI Platform, pioneering new AI services, like digital assistants and super apps. The initiative has been seen as a forward-thinking response to the escalating global interest in AI within the telecommunications industry. Imminent discussions at the Total Telecom Congress will shed more light on this transformational feat.