BT announced the opening of a new office in Singapore, home to around 300 staff. The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt attended the opening of the new BT hub during a three-day visit to Asia.
Hunt was shown the company’s new ‘Customer Experience Centre’, which provides an interactive experience showcasing global connectivity services, cloud migration as well as cyber security services.
The new BT office will be the hub for the British company to deliver its services across South East Asia, providing cyber security solutions and services to private and public sector organisations. The clients in the region include a number of Singapore government agencies, major banks and financial service providers, the Singapore Stock Exchange and leading local and global logistics and shipping operators.
The visit comes after the UK and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Cybersecurity Capacity Building at the Commonwealth Summit in 2018. The two countries agreed to cooperate to deliver cybersecurity capacity building programmes to Commonwealth states for a two-year period.
The UK also committed to participate in Singapore’s ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme, originally launched in 2016. A British cyber security expert will shortly start working in the British High Commission in Singapore to support this initiative, which will involve training and sharing best practices with officials working on cyber security in other ASEAN countries.