NCS Next, a Singapore-based IT services provider has officially launched in Australia via a partnership with telecom giant Optus. NCS is SingTel’s ICT or Information Communications and Technology service subsidiary. Australian telecom giant Optus is also a subsidiary of SingTel.

The telecommunications company enters Australia to offer a complete suite of services which are aimed at helping organizations transform digitally and adopt cloud technology, according to the company’s statement.

SingTel cites Research and Markets that found in a study they conducted that the global market of digital transformation is forecasted to reach US$1.4 trillion by the year 2027 [1].

NCS on expanding to Australia

NCS Next said that it plans to progressively expand its sophisticated suite of digital services to include artificial intelligence, mobility and data analytics. It additionally aims to grow its workforce in Australia in the next 2 years.

Head Chief NCS Ng Kuo Pin says the adoption of technology in Australia has accelerated in the past years creating a large addressable market. He sees tremendous opportunities for government organizations and enterprises to hardness cloud and digital technologies for innovation.

The new company, NCS Next, in Australia will be led by André Conti. He spent 30+ years with Accenture and most recently served as its Cloud and Infrastructure Lead in the ANZ region. Conti lest Accenture in January 2020 and spent 2 months working at Semaphore Consulting Partners before joining NCS in June.

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More on the announcement

Conti says that the company has witnessed an increasing pace at which both commercial and public sectors in the country are adopting the digital approach to transform the way we work and live. NCS Next will be dedicated to help its Aussie clients leverage the power of cloud-based innovations to unlock unique competitive advantages and improve citizen and customer experiences.

He further adds that driven by an instinctive appetite for innovation along with an access to regional talent pool, NCS is in a great and unique position to help their clients boost their digital transformation journey.

Chris Mitchell, Optus Enterprise MD says given the great pace at which organizational clients are adopting digital innovations, they feel this is the right time to bring this partnership to this market. Mitchell looks forward to working together with NCS to continue this expansion.

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[1] Research and Markets (2020) “Specialty Crops – Global Market Trajectory & Analytics” [Online] Available from: [Accessed December 2020]