China Mobile International sees business potential in Malaysia

  • Business
  • Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

Connectivity: China Mobile has more than 900 million subscribers. — AFP

Hong Kong-based China Mobile International (CMI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of New York Stock Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed China Mobile Ltd, will be launching its solutions in Malaysia next week.

China Mobile needs no introduction. It is the world’s largest mobile phone operator with over 900 million subscribers.

CMI is the main operating unit of China Mobile’s international business, serving the growing demand in the international telecommunications market.

Since its establishment in Hong Kong in December 2010, CMI has expanded its footprint to 22 countries and regions. It opened its office in Malaysia in 2015.

CMI managing director Hew Chee Chung says Malaysia is a key market in this region to grow and develop its presence, and he sees a lot of business potential here.

“We look forward to working with the government of Malaysia. We have started to make contact with Matrade but for now, its too early to reveal any progress.

Hew: We have started to make contact with Matrade.
Hew: We have started to make contact with Matrade.

“While we haven’t been here long, we look forward to contributing where we can and grow together in the Malaysia market,” says Hew.

He adds that CMI can complement the government’s technological aspirations especially in Industry 4.0.

“CMI can complement in the space of global connectivity and MultiCloud platform that we have built to enabled different cloud users to connect to one another globally,” he says.

Hew added that the business strategy is to first focus on the local carriers as the growing trend of Internet bandwidth, the need for better, more reliable and cheaper global connectivity.

“The second focus will be on the enterprise market, which is a bigger space to tap into, with the growing trend in using Cloud, SDWAN (a software-defined approach to managing the wide-area network), and the Internet of Things. The playing field is becoming more level, and CMI is glad to jump into the mix and compete,” he adds.

Hew offers his view on the latest information technology (IT) trends in the market and how local companies are conducting their businesses.

“Many businesses have started or migrated into the cloud environment. IT hardware, equipment ownership or maintenance is no longer something which must be owned or managed.

“More and more virtualised businesses or certain segment of the business operation can already be virtualised in the cloud environment.

“This is where the new opportunities are. With the businessess on cloud, it opens up a bigger window to access online tools, connectivities, security solutions to further enhance business operations of the local companies,” he adds. For now, CMI is targeting two segments of the market – the local carriers and the Internet service providers.

It is also eyeing the enterprise customers across all industries.

“China Mobile extensive network infrastructure in China and globally with continuous investments onto submarine cable systems and building connectivity platform for multi cloud environment, has enabled companies to have better access globally in terms of quality of service and cost competitiveness,” says Hew.

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