Corporate reshuffle has led to a stronger APAC focus: Verizon

Corporate reshuffle has led to a stronger APAC focus: Verizon

ICT provider makes use of its acquisitions to strengthen local presence

Earlier in the year, New York-based Verizon changed its named to Verizon Enterprise Solutions in what was a big internal reshuffle.

According to Verizon A/NZ business vice president, John Karabin, the resuffle was done to focus on some key markets for the company.

“In the US, we combined our two major business units, the Verizon Wireless and Verizon Business Group,” he said.

“That was so we could take advantage of the synergies that we are seeing globally in the network business.”

Karabin said that Verizon also did some more work with Terremark, a company that it acquired last year as part of its overall global Cloud strategy.

“Terremark now is in the top quadrant according to Gartner’s perspective as a provider of various vCloud solutions,” he said.

Terremark recently moved into the Asia Pacific region with a vCloud footprint in Hong Kong, and Karabin says that the plan now is to bring one to Australia soon, potentially in 2013.

“We’re also looking at other centres in Singapore, Japan, and other countries,” he said.

“This is our strategy to put value-added services that we will provide as part of our vCloud strategy.”

The move, according to Karabin, looks to be connected to mobile technologies are “converging and expanding” into a host of different devices that are starting to use wireless networks more extensively,

He adds that this is starting to then flow into the larger pipes that exist underneath them and utilise assets like Cloud technologies.

“We’re starting to see a shift in the way people are mixing their business,” Karabin said.

Another recent acquisition that Verizon has made to strengthen its capabilities is Hughes Telematics in the US, a company that makes devices that go into vehicles.

Karabin said Hughes is part of the machine-to-machine (M2M) market that “everyone is getting involved in” and one that is currently experiencing an “explosion.”

“The increasing number of devices that are not your normal device, like your tablets or computers, but your machine specific devices that are increasing using the more reliable high bandwidth wireless networks,” he said.

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