Axiata Among First Three Telcos Globally to Achieve TM Forum’s ‘Running on ODA’ Status

Axiata Group Berhad, one of Asia’s leading telco groups serving over 163 million subscribers[1], announced today that it had been named by the TM Forum as one of the first three telcos globally to earn ‘Running on ODA’ status. This award recognises Axiata’s architectural shift to the status of an agile Digital Telco driven by its success in building a Telco Operations framework based on TM Forum’s Open Digital Architecture (ODA) standards across operating entities in multiple Asian markets.

TM Forum announced the industry leaders in ODA deployment at its Digital Transformation World 2022 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, placing Axiata, Jio and Vodafone Group in the spotlight as the first three telcos globally to achieve ODA deployment at scale.

Nik Willetts, Chief Executive Officer of TM Forum, said “The new Running on ODA mark recognises service providers who have demonstrated, through rigorous assessment, their deep expertise and ongoing commitment to the development, use and conformance to ODA. Congratulations to the entire Axiata team on this landmark achievement, which is a clear recognition of Axiata’s global industry leadership and execution capability.”

Central to the impactful and “at-scale” implementation of ODA at Axiata, is the Group’s Software Innovation and Digital Transformation unit, ADL (Axiata Digital Labs). ADL, home to 1,300 digital talents located across three of Axiata’s key markets has been successful in executing Axiata’s ODA journey on an accelerated timeline, placing the Group among global leaders in the sphere of Telco Transformation.

Having demonstrated its capabilities, ADL is well-positioned to assist Telco Groups in accelerating their digital transformation journeys. ODA provides a blueprint and common language for reusable cloud native, vendor-agnostic solutions integrated by TM Forum’s industry-standard Open APIs, concepts which are closely aligned with the core strengths of ADL.

Anthony Rodrigo, Group Chief Information Officer of Axiata said, “By using Open APIs and ODA, supported by the execution capability of Axiata Digital Labs (ADL), Axiata has accelerated our journey towards becoming an agile, end-to-end digital service provider. Along the way, we achieved significant cost savings across the IT stack, digitisation of business processes as well as enhanced responsiveness and velocity with respect to go-to-market initiatives. Furthermore, operationalisation of this architecture has facilitated development of new ways to monetise our technology assets by opening them to developers and partners.”

TM Forum, the industry association driving digital transformation through collaboration, recently announced a series of milestones in the development and adoption of its ODA and Open APIs. Co-created by over 1,750 professionals from more than 350 TM Forum member companies, ODA defines an industry-agreed set of reusable software building blocks for creating, managing, and securing any digital service. The goal of ODA is to transform the velocity of DevOps teams, enabling them to navigate the journey to cloud-native software to improve time to market, reduce costs and enhance customer experience and partner – at scale.

[1] As at 31 December 2021

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WPP named among best places to work for LGBTQ+ Equality


WPP has received a top score of 100 on the 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and has once again been named among the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality. The CEI, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, is the premier benchmarking survey and report in the U.S. measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. WPP joins more than 840 major U.S. businesses to also earn full marks this year.

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars: non-discrimination policies; equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families; supporting an inclusive culture; and corporate social responsibility. The results of this year’s CEI showcase the 1,271 U.S.-based companies that are promoting LGBTQ+-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., and also helping to advance the cause of LGBTQ+ inclusion in workplaces abroad.

Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said: “Inclusion, and actively building an inclusive culture, is table stakes for every company in today’s world. People, particularly those in marginalized groups, want to work for companies that share their values and create opportunities for them to thrive, grow and be heard. As we continue our work at WPP, we’re proud of this recognition in the Corporate Equality Index.”

Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training, said: “When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers – from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns – could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically. We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to WPP for achieving the title of ‘best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality’ and working to advance inclusion in the workplace.”

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