I-Bhd, TM in i-City tie-up

Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has become I-Bhd's latest strategic partner to provide its expertise to help the latter realise the RM1.5bil i-City digital vision. Its first partner was Intel. 

Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik, who witnessed the signing ceremony between TM Group and I-Bhd to form a strategic partnership in Kuala Lumpur recently, congratulated both parties for “forging such a forward looking collaboration in building a digital township in Shah Alam”. 

The minister said when he launched MyICMS886 he was more focused on broadband penetration but I-Bhd had proven to him that all the elements of MyICMS886 were attainable if everyone put their efforts into it. 

Lim said projects such as i-City would help transform Malaysia into a knowledge economy as envisioned in MyICMS886 and would also open Malaysia to more foreign investments. 

I-Bhd's i-City will be the first privately financed initiative in Malaysia that will offer a full suite implementation of MyICMS886 in the country. It will have multi-service convergence networks as a crucial component and will have both high speed wired and wireless broadband in a campus set-up enabling multiple services on a fully IP-based network.  

From left: I-Bhd chairman Datuk Lim Kim Hong, Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik and ZamzamzairaniMohd Isa at the signing ceremony

It will also have an incubation programme that will focus on multimedia content. 

“TM is pleased to collaborate with I-Bhd in making this iconic development a reality. Today, ICT developments are not uncommon, but what is exceptional is that a single organisation has taken the task of planning and developing a fully integrated digital city of this scale and magnitude.  

“i-City heralds the arrival of exciting times ahead,” TM group chief executive officer for Malaysia business Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said.  

TM will be providing its know-how in deploying the Metro-E connection to provide high-speed broadband Internet services to i-City. Its expertise will also include customised services, technology support and training. 

I-Bhd chief executive officer Eu Hong Chew said i-City would create a comprehensive digital environment where one can live, work and play. 

Eu said the group began with digital products and then moved into equipping smart homes. “i-City is the next logical step as we expand our expertise into providing solutions for the 21st century digital community,” he added. 

The ICT master plan for i-City will include building an ICT/digital products retail centre; setting up an incubation programme; establishing a technology showcase; implementing digital technology based township services such as remote surveillance, smart car parking, information kiosks; and sensory-activated light and sound multimedia displays along a 1,000-foot pedestrian walkway and buildings. 

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