PUTRAJAYA and Cyberjaya will be the first trial sites for WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) broadband technology in the country.
However, no date had been set for the project implementation, Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) group chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Wahid Omar told reporters at the Malaysian ICT Fair 2005.
“It is also too early to set an amount for the implementation of the trial project,” he said, adding that Alcatel, Intel and TM unit TM Net Sdn Bhd were collaborating to ensure the successful implementation of WiMAX in Malaysia.
Wahid added that currently 75 trial implementations of WiMAX were being carried out worldwide.
On the Malaysian project, he said as providers of WiMAX solutions, each company brought its distinct strengths and benefits to the collaboration: Alcatel’s leadership in wireless, fixed and enterprise network solutions, Intel’s extensive broadband wireless expertise, silicon and technical services, and TM Net’s leadership in Internet connectivity.
“Their combined strengths are key to the successful adoption of WiMAX in Malaysia and will help drive education and future WiMAX deployments to enable wireless infrastructure in Malaysia,” he said.
WiMAX, which is regarded as an improvement over the WiFi (wireless fidelity) technology, is capable of providing cost-effective wireless access to users at a range of several kilometres.
“The technology is especially suited to providing service in areas that are underserved from a telecommunications standpoint where fixed line solutions such as DSL (digital subscriber line) may not be available.
“It can also complement an existing fixed network and serve as backhaul,” Wahid said, adding that the WiMAX broadband technology was showcased at the ICT Fair.
“In working together on Malaysia’s first WiMAX showcase at the fair, Alcatel, Intel and TM Net aim to show how the technology can play a major role in catalysing digital inclusion, provide long-term value in terms of cost-efficiency to homes and businesses, and contribute significantly to information and communications technology literacy advancement in the country,” he said.
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