New services to boost Global One's AP data center business

Global One expects to expand its Internet data center business in Asia Pacific with the introduction of three new global services today--namely, Global VPN (virtual private network), Global Direct Dial and Global Call Center.

SINGAPORE--Global One, a member of the France Telecom Group, expects to expand its Internet data center business in Asia Pacific with the introduction of three new global services today--namely, Global VPN (virtual private network), Global Direct Dial and Global Call Center.

The company, which has its Asia Pacific-based data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, is planning to roll out these services in these three countries as well as in Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

Global VPN will provide integrated voice solutions to its customers over a virtual private network, while Global Direct Dial offers long-distance calling services. The Global Call Center is a service that facilitates inbound calls and routes them from any local number to a regional call center.

Global One Southeast Asia general manager David Rich said: "Customers want total solutions and we want to increase our 'wallet share' in the data center business by providing the Fortune 500 companies these new services."

"With the launch of these new services, Global One is ideally positioned to meet the needs of multinational corporations for communications solutions to better compete in a rapidly converging world," he added.

However, he declined to provide details on how much growth Global One expects from its data center business or how much it has generated.

Meanwhile, Rich revealed that Global One will open another data center in Sydney.

When asked how much the firm is investing in the Australian center, Rich said it will be four times bigger than the one in Singapore.

Previously, Global One had said it invested US$4 million in the 10,000 sq ft local data center.

Global One has over 30,000 business customers worldwide, including Arab Bank, China Shipping Group, Coca-Cola, Eurodisney, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Samsung, Toshiba and Unilever.