MD: Alcatel is committed to helping bridge the digital divide

  • Business
  • Friday, 25 Feb 2005

Alcatel Network Systems (M) Sdn Bhd MD Datuk Yusof Ampuan Kechil shares his thoughts on how Alcatel can become a broadband player. Excerpts of an interview with StarBiz B.K. Sidhu. 

StarBiz: What is the potential in the areas that Alcatel is focusing on? 

Yusof: Alcatel’s key capabilities comprise providing broadband technologies including ADSL, optics networks and transmission. We see vast potential in growing our business in these technology areas in view of the fact that the broadband services penetration rate in Malaysia is still in its infancy. Another area which we will certainly be focusing on is content and application development. We have our experts working with local content providers whereby we create content applicable to the local environment. This is also our way of assisting local entrepreneurs. 

This includes interactive games and video-based applications. There is no one killer application that will appeal to everyone. The type of content we believe has good potential in Malaysia is that for interactive games, TV news, video streaming, sports highlight and video call back. 


StarBiz: In your view, how can Alcatel help increase broadband penetration in Malaysia? 

Yusof: We are fully committed to assisting the Government in its efforts to widen the reach of broadband in Malaysia and participate in the Government’s programme to bridge the digital divide. As a global player, we believe we are in the right position to help Malaysia increase telecom penetration to the rural and urban areas. 

The first step is about sharing our experience in this area. For that we presented to the Malaysian Government last September our portfolio of successes in countries like Senegal and Nigeria, where we have embarked in projects to help the respective governments bridge the digital divide. 

Based on our track record, we believe we are in a strong position to be a partner to provide infrastructure to ensure success of the Government’s initiative. 


StarBiz: How do you intend to grow your user-centric broadband business? 

Yusof: Alcatel has the necessary access devices and solutions to assist network operators to provide broadband connectivity, which is essential to the success of any complete services offering.  


StarBiz: What would you say are Alcatel’s strengths here? 

Yusof: Our strengths lie in our product offering and vast expertise. We can provide end-to-end broadband solutions and services to customers. That gives us our competitive advantage. 

We are fully committed to delivering cutting edge infrastructure and solutions, and network integration to Malaysia’s telecommunications market. We are supported by our regional hub for mobile communications facilities and services. We established a 3G Reality Centre in KL in 2002 to serve as a centre for knowledge transfer for professional training, overseas assignments, supporting other markets in Asia, and succession planning. 

We are represented in 130 countries globally and our history dates back to over 100 years. Statistics and independent analyst reports have shown that we are the world’s top telecom infrastructure provider in broadband and wireless access, optical networking and intelligent networks.  

Innovation is key and our commitment to lead the broadband access market today and tomorrow is based on a forward-looking and innovative strategy.  

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