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Singapore Press Holdings Accelerates Digital Transformation with Aruba Infrastructure


Asia’s Leading Multi-Media Organisation Modernises Wireless Connectivity with ClearPass and Aruba Wi-Fi 6.0 Access Points

Singapore, 9 February 2021 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE) today announced that Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) is modernising its wireless networks to support 4,000 employees daily, as part of active digital transformational efforts. Aruba WLAN solutions will provide comprehensive and flexible Wi-Fi coverage for the expansive SPH campus spanning over 150,000 square metres across both Print and News Centres. 

The network modernisation will create operational efficiencies and bolster security across thousands of users and devices from a single management pane, providing full visibility into the network. Given the need for robust network management, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, was selected to help SPH create a better-connected and futureproof workplace that provides connectivity, speed and security at scale for its employees.

“We are moving into the new digital future, not only through the way we deliver news, but through constant innovation to build the workplace of the future” said Glen Francis, Chief Technology Officer at SPH. “The pandemic accelerated the agenda to strengthen our technological foundations, so we can improve work quality and streamline processes with an enhanced network infrastructure. Mobility and agility will be key driving forces in the evolving ‘anywhere’ office.”

“In the digital-first reality, new business outcomes and dynamic customer experiences are only possible if there is a secure, automated and intelligent network infrastructure supporting it,” said Justin Chiah, Senior Director, South East Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (SEATH) at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. “We are proud to support Singapore Press Holdings in their digital transformation journey, as we work hand-in-hand to embody our shared ‘Mobile and Cloud First’ vision.”

Faced with roadblocks such as legacy networking systems and an over-reliance on wired infrastructure that hindered SPH’s vision, Aruba AirWave was implemented to gain granular visibility into ageing wired and wireless networks. Coupled with Aruba UXI sensors, user experience was closely monitored in real time, and effectively pinpointed the main sources of connectivity issues, such as that the 2.4Ghz channels were over utilised. This enabled the SPH Technology team to quickly address the issue by steering away from 2.4Ghz, improving user experiences.

Once core pain points were identified and resolved, Aruba Access Points, Aruba Mobility Master and Aruba Controllers were rolled out on top of Aruba UXI sensors to further strengthen network coverage and performance at all corners of SPH premises and beyond. On-premise roaming saw big improvements from previous coverage which was spotty at best, and Wi-Fi bandwidth provisions doubled from 64 to 128 Mbps. Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 certified Access Points can reliably connect up to four times more devices and manage them better while maintaining power efficiency. This flexible posture ensures adequate network support as the organisation continues
to grow.

Moving towards a true Wi-Fi only office not only allowed for cost savings in the thousands by minimising wired connections, remote employees, on-premise staff and roving journalists could now enjoy high-quality connection wherever they work. Beyond improving staff experience, sensors deployed at home offices also allowed SPH to monitor actual subscriber experience while they accessed SPH digital content from home. 

With thousands of digital endpoints connected to SPH’s network daily, Aruba ClearPass was selected as a single management tool that provided full visibility over the multitude of endpoints, and extended role-based access control with granular policies. Demonstrating simplicity in action, this enabled administrators to deliver consistent protection that is dynamically enforced, regardless of user role, device type or location, and build a secure and intelligent edge with roles that follow users and devices across wired, wireless and remote connections. Maintaining the configuration within a single tool reduced the risk of making a configuration mistake compared to before, when various authentication servers were used for different types of endpoints.
SPH’s commitment to delivering a flexible, high-performing, and secure network has helped it maintain and cement its position as a leading multi-media company. Looking forward, it is looking to use Aruba Central and Edge Services Platform to fully harness the power of data generated at the Edge.


“This year, IT teams will begin the next step of their transformational journey, which is creating the necessary infrastructure for the intelligent edge,” said Justin Chiah, Senior Director, South East Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (SEATH) at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. “Beyond simply connecting remote workers to the cloud, how users and the Internet of Things are connected will be a key area of focus to improve business outcomes, while enriching employee experiences.”

“Aruba’s forward-thinking infrastructure is a perfect fit in powering our vision,” concluded Glen Francis, Chief Technology Officer at SPH. “It builds a solid foundation for SPH to continue delivering better products for customers, simplifying technology for business users, and developing new capabilities. We have never been more confident and well-prepared to move into the new digital future.”


For more information about Aruba’s products, please visit the links below:


About Singapore Press Holdings Limited

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. SPH's core business is in the publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media.

On the property front, SPH owns approximately 65% in SPH REIT whose portfolio comprises three properties in Singapore, namely Paragon, The Clementi Mall and The Rail Mall. In Australia, SPH REIT holds an 85% stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre and a 50% stake in Westfield Marion Shopping Centre. SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing an integrated development consisting of The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It also owns a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom and Germany.

It is in the aged care sector in Singapore and Japan, and owns Orange Valley, one of Singapore's largest private nursing homes.

SPH runs a regional events arm. It also invested in the education business.


For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.
Facebook: facebook.com/officialsph/
Twitter: @official_sph
YouTube: Singapore Press Holdings
Instagram: @singaporepressholdings
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/singapore-press-holdings/


About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is the global leader in secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network, while harnessing data to drive powerful business outcomes. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and as-a-service options, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to helping customers meet their connectivity, security, and financial requirements across campus, branch, data center, and remote worker environments, covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and wide area networking (WAN).

To learn more, visit Aruba at www.arubanetworks.com.

For real-time news updates, follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products, visit the Airheads Community at community.arubanetworks.com.


Media Contacts:

 

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

Matthew Leong
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
+65 8282 0578
matleong@sph.com.sg


Rebecca Chee
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
6319 1124
rchee@sph.com.sg


Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Karine Chan
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
+65 9698 1787
karine.chan@hpe.com
Cuiting Lian
WE Communications
+65 6303 8466
clian@we-worldwide.com