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Ricky Chau

Vice President, Asia Pacific Region at Level 3 Communications


Dr. Chau is vice president of Asia Pacific region at Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) and is based in Hong Kong. In this capacity, he is responsible for sales, business operation and business development in the Asia Pacific region. He has been instrumental to drive sales and market expansion for Level 3 in Asia Pacific. Dr. Chau has more than 18 years of ICT business leadership experience and extensive expertise in the enterprise and service provider markets in Asia Pacific. This experience has helped him cultivate extensive business acumen throughout the region. Prior to joining Level 3, Dr. Chau served as vice president of carrier services and general manager of Global Crossing’s Asia business. He also held various leadership positions at New World Telecom (Hong Kong Broadband), Equant (Orange Business Service), Asia Global Crossing (Telstra) and Cable & Wireless (Vodafone). Dr. Chau earned his doctoral degree in business administration at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and holds an EMBA degree from the University of Ottawa Canada. He also attended the executive development program at the Daniels College of business at the University of Denver.

Keep reading! We spoke with Ricky ahead of the event in September. Here's what he shared with us:

What kind of adoption of SDN are you seeing in Asia Pacific?

RC: "Enterprises in Asia Pacific are rethinking how they connect users, office locations, data centers, and cloud. Hybrid IT is giving enterprises the ability to move to an Opex model for Private Cloud and deploy it close to Public Clouds for better agility and performance.

We’re seeing the early adopters in Asia Pacific interested in having greater visibility into and control over their networks for everything from BCDR to on-demand Cloud enablement. Adaptive Network Control is currently available in North America and EMEA and will expand to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore by the end of 2016. We are also developing additional network solutions and enhanced customer control capabilities including on-demand network connections (for Cloud Partner Access, and Vyvx streaming video), and dynamic prioritization based on real-time management of class of service."

What are the drivers for SDN in Asia Pacific?

RC: "There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to today’s networks. Enterprises in Asia Pacific want to respond to their unique and changing business needs by creating their own telecom services on demand and in real time based on a holistic view of their network.

  • Sample use cases:

Periodic or scheduled backup of business critical data

Increase capacity to meet video – or online sales demand

Improve performance for business critical applications

Video encoding workflow from producer to distributor

Protect websites from DDoS attacks

On-demand cloud enablement"

How can Level 3 enable the on-demand and real-time network demand through SDN?

RC: "We offer two unique capabilities through our SDN-based offering:

  • Level 3 Enhanced Management reporting capabilities give greater transparency and visibility into the network than historically offered by service providers, enabling enterprises to quickly see detail by network segment and by class of service, offering insights into latency, packet delivery, jitter and utilization and other metrics for ease of network administration and cost-planning.
  • Level 3 Dynamic Capacity enables enterprises to scale their bandwidth up or down based on utilization triggers, scheduling or on an ad hoc basis without service disruption, cumbersome paperwork or delays associated with traditional service changes."

What are you most looking forward to at the Network Virtualization and SDN conference in Singapore in September?

RC: "As the one of the largest events dedicated to SDN/NFV in the region, I am excited to participate in the conversations and collaboration around a tremendous evolution in the telecom industry. While the industry evaluates and responds to the issues around virtualization, standards and performance, I believe the conference will create remarkable value in bringing thought leaders and stakeholders together."