ST Telemedia | TelemediaWorld Issue 66

CEO Message: Pushing Ahead on Sustainable Value Creation

For business and the world, 2021 turned into another challenge-filled year. I’m proud of how ST Telemedia and our portfolio companies surmounted 2021’s hurdles. We continued to deploy capital and reinforce our business position in the market. We steadfastly and strongly supported our employees, customers and businesses and drove growth by recalibrating strategies and displaying resilience.

The STT group is in a good position in 2022 and beyond. We have the ingredients needed to keep succeeding and generating sustainable long-term value. We have wide opportunities as digital transformation in businesses and countries, quickened by Covid-19, will further accelerate. We have the components in the digital value chain.  Our founding DNA will continue to provide a solid foundation as we navigate the ever-changing environment. 

Above is an excerpt of the CEO message. The full message is available here.

Corporate News

STT GDC Group Reaffirms Sustainability Commitment with Inaugural ESG Reports and Sustainability Wins

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) and GDS released their inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reports on their 2020 performance last November. The reports highlight both companies’ proactive commitment to achieving carbon-neutrality by 2030 and using 100% renewable energy.

The Group’s resolution to continually drive positive environmental impact is also underscored by its various sustainability wins. STT GDC India scored Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Best Practices Company of the Year’ award for the fourth time running, and the 'Energy Efficient Innovation' award by W.Media’s South Asia Award Cloud & Datacenter Awards 2021 for its Smart Energy Conservation and Management project. Additionally, data centre STT Chennai DC 2 bagged the 'IGBC Performance Challenge 2021 for Green Built environment – Excellence Award' conferred by CII - Indian Green Building Council. Meanwhile, GDS was awarded the ‘Yicai 2021 The Corporate Social Responsibility Ranking in China’ for its achievements and contributions in practicing green and low-carbon development.

STT GDC Clinches Industry Accolades for Stellar Operations and Leadership

The STT Loyang Operations Team in Singapore was named ‘Datacenter Operations Team’ of the year at W.Media’s Cloud & Datacenters Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards 2021. The win is a nod to the team’s commitment of operating at the highest level of professionalism and actively implementing and refining operating procedures to provide its clients with the best service. At the same awards ceremony, STT GDC Group Chief Technical Officer, Dan Pointon was also recognised as one of the ‘Outstanding 7 APAC Technology Leaders’.

TeleChoice Wins Corporate Excellence and Resilience Award

TeleChoice was conferred the ‘Corporate Excellence and Resilience Award’ at the Singapore Corporate Awards Special Edition 2020/2021 for upholding best practices in corporate governance, and exemplifying leadership, innovation and resilience amidst the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Awards is jointly organised by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, Singapore Institute of Directors and the Business Times, and seeks to recognise companies which demonstrate leadership in corporate governance, financial resilience, strategic and operational excellence, people management, sustainability and digitalisation.

Cloud Comrade Finishes the Year Strong with Multiple Awards and Accolades

Cloud Comrade ended 2021 on a high note as they swept up awards for Partner Innovation (SMB category) and ASEAN-Wide Innovation (Regional category) at the Channel Asia Innovation Awards 2021, a testament to their strong capabilities in delivering customer innovation and excellence. They also became one of 20 companies in Asia to achieve the AWS Financial Services Competency, a validation of their technical expertise and readiness to cater to the unique needs of Asia's financial services sector, and received the SAP® Recognized Expertise designation for their depth of experience in SAP HANA®, the database management foundation of SAP Business Technology Platform.

Armor Named "Most Innovative in Compliance" at the Global InfoSec Award 2021

Armor’s efforts to reduce the complexity of security and compliance scored them the title of ‘Most Innovative in Compliance’ at the Global InfoSec Award 2021 organised by Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM). This is CDM's ninth year of honouring cyber defense innovators from startups to early/late-stage and public companies.

Value Creation

StarHub Kicks into High Gear with DARE+

Following its successful conclusion of DARE 1.0, StarHub has launched DARE+, a five-year strategic transformation and growth programme. DARE+ seeks to transform StarHub from a telco to a full-on digital life and digital services provider of enriching connectivity, entertainment and other lifestyle experiences, as well as innovative business solutions for its customers. The company also aims to drive sustainable growth across all business segments, and cement its network superiority – the backbone of DARE+. As part of its efforts to achieve the latter, StarHub secured 2.1GHz Spectrum to expand and enhance 5G coverage and services for its customers and boost its core network connectivity.

2nd Watch Expands Data Analytics Services Portfolio With Acquisition

2nd Watch has acquired Aptitive, a cloud data and analytics consultancy, in a strategic move to boost its data and analytics capabilities and help its clients to accelerate their digital-first strategy. The acquisition also expands 2nd Watch’s presence in several data-intensive industries, such as media and entertainment, healthcare and retail by providing comprehensive data and analytics solutions using cloud-native platforms and tools.

Community

STT Group Recognised for Contributions during Covid-19 Pandemic

STT, STT GDC and StarHub's strong support for the communities impacted by the pandemic were recognised at the Community Chest Awards 2021. The awards ceremony was graced by President Halimah Yacob and Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli. In total, over S$3.6 million was raised and disbursed to the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups to lessen the impact of the pandemic in Singapore and overseas. The contributions underscore the Group’s converted commitment to bring positive change and impact in the community.

U Mobile Provides Support for Flood Victims in Malaysia  

U Mobile rendered immediate support to the community during the Malaysian flood crisis in December by donating RM500,000 for flood relief initiatives. The telco also mobilised its own task force to distribute essential items like household goods, electronics and daily necessities to affected residents in rural Pahang, while employee volunteers participated in Ops Bantu Hingga Selesai, an initiative organised by the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Media to help with the cleanup of homes. Its Network team also worked tirelessly around the clock to repair and restore sites affected by the floods, which was no easy task given the severity of the situation on-ground. 

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