GITEX 2023: Tencent Cloud debuts SuperApp-as-a-Service tailored for MEA enterprises
- Tencent Cloud aims to expand strategically in the MEA market, showcasing its competitive solutions in the gaming, media, telecom, and public sectors.
- At GITEX last week, the company debuted the SuperApp-as-a-Service and their latest innovations under the Tencent Cloud AI and media solution family, tailored for MEA enterprises.
While expanding its footprint in the ASEAN region in recent years, the cloud business unit of China’s tech giant, Tencent, has also set eyes on the Middle East region. The rapid advancement of smart cities and technology-driven sectors in the region has enticed the Chinese cloud player to bring its mini-app framework that could help governments, companies, and industries optimize their value proposition to millions of customers in the Middle East.
That was the impression Dan Hu, Vice President, Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region of Tencent Cloud International, gave during the 12th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in May this year. Not too long after, the company brought its vision to life when it signed a partnership with Abu Dhabi TAMM on October 17, 2023.
The aim of the collaboration with the Department of Government Enablement of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, according to the Chinese cloud giant, is to transform the region’s public services into mini-programs and aggregate them on TAMM using Tencent Cloud Mini Program Platform (TCMPP) capabilities. Essentially, it’ll be a SuperApp-as-a-Service for Abu Dhabi’s TAMM.
“This lifestyle transformation has turned TAMM into a SuperApp, consolidating over 700 essential public services from more than 30 government entities and the private sector on a single, standardized mini program,” a company spokesperson told Tech Wire Asia at the recently-concluded Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) in Dubai.
The aim, according to the spokesperson, is to provide services including citizenship and work permit applications, business registration, industrial license applications, housing and property leasing, healthcare facility access, tourism information, inheritance services, insurance matters, traffic ticket management, education and work benefits,”
Tencent Cloud also took the stage at GITEX 2023 to debut the SuperApp-as-a-Service, along with their latest innovations, under the Tencent Cloud AI and media solution family. The SuperApp-as-a-Service, according to the company, is tailored solely for MEA enterprises and public service transformation.
“Leveraging the track records in supporting the Weixin/WeChat ecosystem with over 1.1 billion monthly active Mini Program users, Tencent Cloud’s SuperApp-as-a-Service features the Tencent Cloud Mini Program Platform (TCMPP) that transforms web and mobile apps into one light-weight mini program for aggregation, open to any cloud infrastructure with container-based deployment,” Hu shared during a fireside chat at GITEX 2023.
Hu reckons the cloyd arm is well positioned to work with local partners in the MEA region to support the local public service transformation, enabling enterprises and international businesses to leverage the company’s technologies to access the Chinese market.
“This is backed by our ecosystem-building experience in the consumer internet space, as well as our AI capabilities accumulated, including hosting apps and offering internet infrastructure for a billion users,” he added.
Other tech solutions by Tencent Cloud showcased at GITEX 2023
Tencent Cloud’s latest solution, the Quick-training Digital Human, was among the few showcased at GITEX 2023. According to the company, the Quick-training Digital Human supports enterprise users to create customized digital avatars with minimal training, meeting the increasing demand for digital avatars across various fields, including customer service, sales and marketing, virtual tour guides, and more.
“Furthermore, the Tencent Cloud e-know Your Customer (eKYC) solution utilizes AI technologies to optimize identity authentication processes with document recognition, liveness detection, and face verification capabilities,” Tencent noted in a statement.
On top of the several other products under its AI media solution portfolio unveiled at GITEX 2023, the company showcased its Tencent Cloud Smart Video Analysis Platform (SVAP), Intelligent Media AI Platform, flaunting the advanced capabilities in helping media organizations, enterprises, and content creators in areas such as video content creation and moderation, and smart video analysis.
“All of this is to cater to the booming digital content, media, gaming, and entertainment demand in the MEA region,” a Tencent Cloud spokesperson told Tech Wire Asia.
5G plans in the MEA region
Tencent Cloud’s international business presently covers Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and other major markets. According to Tencent, The Middle East is one of the fastest-growing regions, with many regional customers showing strong interest in exploring potential SuperApp projects.
“Today, Tencent Cloud is investing in local partner ecosystems, particularly in audio and video live streaming, intending to become a preferred technology service provider in the region. We plan to expand their resources in the audio and video domain and deploy AI products in the short term while strengthening their global partner network by recruiting influential local partners in the Middle East,” Hu shared at GITEX 2023.
Hu also hinted at future 5G plans for the Middle Eastern market, as gaming services are expected to benefit significantly from the fifth-generation mobile network. He commented that AI will drive forward the next-generation gaming systems as Tencent Cloud continues to offer its solutions to the Middle Eastern market for enterprise adoption, including the Tencent Cloud SuperApp-as-a-Service for digital transformation.
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