KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is testing the implementation of a converged 5G core network which allows co-existence of non-standalone (NSA) (5G enabled on current 4G network) and standalone (SA) dedicated 5G network in Langkawi.
TM group CEO Datuk Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin said SA is the future of the 5G network deployment and this demonstration is crucial to fast track 5G implementation in the country.
“With the implementation of the SA network in Langkawi for the 5GDP, TM is the first telco that has deployed the first SA dedicated 5G network in the country and in the region.
“We are also proud to note that 5G speed tests conducted within TM’s 5G use cases sites have achieved up to 1.5Gbps. I’m also pleased to update that TM is the first telco in the region to update our Radio Access Network (RAN) and devices with SA dedicated 5G network.”
Kamarul said TM was fully supportive of the 5G Demonstration Project (5GDP) currently undertaken by Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
TM has already embarked on a total of 11 use cases in Langkawi and deployed the operations of an Integrated Operations Command Centre (IOCC) which is at the heart of 5G implementation in Langkawi.
The IOCC, or also known as 5G Command Centre (5GCC), which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, is an integrated command centre where the data feed and dashboard monitoring of TM 5G network and use cases in Langkawi are centralised.
This 5GDP is recording a number of firsts for TM and the country: 1) The first Telco to deploy SA dedicated 5G network in the country and in the region. 2) The first telco in the region to update our Radio Access Network (RAN) and devices with SA dedicated 5G network. 3) The first Telco in the country to achieve 1.5Gbps for 5G speed tests conducted within its 5G use cases sites. 4) Langkawi is the first Smart Tourism Island in the world equipped with 5G
Commenting on the 5GDP in Langkawi, he said TM has deployed the highest number of 5G use cases among the participating telcos and all the 5G network and use cases sites can be monitored via the dashboard at the 5GCC.
“It is also linked to the local authorities and emergency response services which allow for the communities as well as tourists to experience a smarter, safer living. In addition, we open the 5GCC for all other service providers to deploy their monitoring dashboards so all relevant data can be centralised for collective insights, ” he said.
Currently, the 5GCC houses the dashboard for the following use cases: Smart Traffic Light; Smart Parking; Smart Safety and Security Solutions; Langkawi Smart Tourism Dashboard (Smart Tourism App and UNESCO 8K VR); Gerbang Langkawi Platform (for Smart Water Management System, Smart Vehicle System, Smart Retail Analytics, Smart Safety Helmet and Geolocation People Safety Solutions).
“Backed up by analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven insights, the 5GCC is furnished with advanced integrated security features to serve as a security monitoring centre through closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras being installed at hotspots on the island. It is also equipped with face and vehicle recognition system that will assist authorities in public safety and surveillance as well as with criminal investigation, crime prevention and citizen protection.
“It also monitors weather sensors, tsunami alarms, wind speed systems that have been installed at TM’s designated 5G use cases sites in Kuah and Cenang.
“The control centre empowers local agencies in promoting tourism safety and attractions effectively, unravelling businesses growth opportunities for the local and providing a safer and smarter crowd control for tourists that will help drive forward Langkawi as a Smart Tourism Island, ” Kamarul said.
The monitoring dashboards provides real-time data and consolidated information from all the use cases, for example traffic, parking and security conditions of the 5G use cases areas in Kuah and Pantai Cenang, water consumption level, retail footfall and customer emotions data, number of incidents and alerts, among others.
The authorities can also receive alerts and notifications, such as distress calls and response via a panic button from the closed circuit television (CCTV) poles deployed with the smart safety and security solution, or alerts during emergencies e.g. accidents at the workplace, missing individuals, detection of unhappy customers at retail outlets and detection of dangerous driving.
These alerts enable the authorities to mobilise resources swiftly during any undesirable incidents or emergency situations, thereby improving their ability to react and respond to the Rakyat's needs in a timely manner for any emergencies.