Under the hi-H Program, the Data Working Group brings together global providers of networking and international data center resources to share experience and strengthen each other’s business strategies.
The hi-H Data Working Group connects members’ resources together in order to strengthen data and network infrastructure worldwide. By joining a community of global leaders to exchange learnings and align on strategy for new technologies, this group gives each member the opportunity to enhance their own product offerings, as well as to collaborate with other global players in delivering faster, more seamless cross-border connectivity.
While network technology evolves at breakneck speed to accommodate future market needs, region-specific policy and regulatory changes are also unfolding to protect data security of individuals, enterprises and nations. Through international knowledge exchange, the hi-H Data Working Group aims to equip member companies to navigate today’s complex cross-border network and regulatory environments, understand tomorrow’s developments, and plan together to overcome challenges.
As global businesses are becoming more digitized, they are also becoming more susceptible to cyberattacks that could potentially have crippling effects on their operations and expose consumers’ personal identifiable information to others with malicious intent. Cyberattacks are not isolated incidents; according to a study conducted by the U.K. government, nearly half (46 percent) of all U.K. businesses have had at least one occasion in which they identified an attack or security breach in the last year—and that is far from just a national phenomenon.
In view of the urgent need for better protection, governments around the world have been actively enacting new laws and legislations that help reinforce information security and safeguard public interest, with two of the most prominent examples being the China Internet Security Law and the E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Businesses in today’s increasingly digital environment must have the agility to put in place changes in compliance of these new laws and to fulfil ever-growing security obligations, in order to continue operating in the global market.
The hi-H Program presents a unique opportunity for members to form a global think tank and formulate best practices by which they can stay flexible in the face of increasing regulations, so they can navigate freely in the digital economy.
The internet is connected by a network of undersea cables stretching miles and miles between continents. At present, 99 percent of all Internet data is transmitted via undersea cables. Expensive to install and repair, the sprawling cable system was gradually laid out over decades. Through these years, the network had proven adequate in serving the data transmission needs of people. However, with digital content growing at an exponential rate, driven by increasing ubiquity of smart devices and utilization of big data, global operators should revisit the current undersea cable network to ensure it has the capacity to support the growing traffic.
Telecom operators will remain at the forefront, building and maintaining the infrastructure upon which global businesses will grow and flourish. As an initiative that fosters collaboration between global telecom powerhouses, the hi-H Program brings together members to prevent network capacity from becoming a bottleneck that stymies growth.