Australian tech industry veteran, Bevan Slattery, is leading a rapid expansion into the APAC telecommunications market with his latest venture, Megaport.
Megaport has announced the launch of its network interconnection services in Singapore, as part of bold expansion plans through APAC.
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The company has been granted a Facilities-Based Operator Licence by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, which will allow Megaport to build and operate telecommunications infrastructure in the Singapore market. The initial launch in Singapore will include the completion of its 100 Gigabit Ethernet enabled network-as-a-service platform, connecting organisations and Cloud computing providers between major data centres in Singapore.
Subsequent network development phases will see Megaport undertake the substantial rollout of a large capacity fibre optic cable network.
This will support Megaport's ever expanding managed network and also provide other carriers and enterprise clients with access to cost-effective dark fibre services.
While the initial investment is SG$20 million, subsequent phases will see between SG$40 and SG$50 million invested in Singapore over the next three years. Founded in Australia in July last year by Slattery, the Megaport platform already connects more than 100 enterprise and carrier clients, such as Amazon Web Services and M2 Telecommunications, throughout 18 data centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Slattery's track record and reputation with large infrastructure success for over a decade in Australia bodes well for the innovation of data services in Asia.
Co-founding one of Australia's largest independent Internet Exchange and dark fibre providers PIPE Networks Limited in 2002, he grew its network to over 1500km of dark fibre across five cities, connecting over 80 data centres, 250 Telstra exchanges and over 1000 buildings.
His subsequent venture NEXTDC Limited, built Australia's largest network of independent data centres with facilities in five Australian cities, making NEXTDC Australia's largest data centre provider in terms of geography and IT power capability. Slattery said he was delighted that Megaport had secured its FBO licence from the IDA as it represented a key milestone towards his vision to become the leading provider of network interconnection services in Asia.
"Infrastructure-as-a-service has changed the way organisations use and manage information technology assets.
"Telecommunications services have to date resisted this change, attempting to match traditional pricing and long-term contracting models to the on-demand pay-for-what-you-use nature of Cloud services," Slattery said. Megaport addressed this mismatch with its innovative and highly competitive product suite.
"It now will offer rapidly deployable connectivity options to major cloud and managed service providers that can be ordered and configured online - and purchased only for the duration they are required, whether it be months, weeks or even days and at a fraction of the price," he said. "Megaport enables your network to be complimentary to your Cloud, not surplus to it."