KUALA LUMPUR: TELEKOM MALAYSIA BHD (TM) and Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd will jointly test the 5G network sharing during the 5G Demonstration Project (5GDP) period.
In a joint statement issued on Thursday, the two telcos said they would work together to test the capabilities, possibilities and limitations of 5G network sharing between multiple network service operators during the period.
Both telcos are taking part in the 5GDP undertaken by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
Under this partnership, Digi is operating its 5GDP sites (including on-site 5G radio network and 5G core network) in Langkawi to run its 5G use cases, supported by TM in providing fibre backhaul to these sites.
This reflected the synergy between fixed and mobile network operators in delivering 5G connectivity solutions. Both telcos were also exploring 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing in Langkawi, they said in the statement.
An MoU was signed by TM chief strategy officer Tengku Muneer Tengku Muzani while Digi was represented by its chief technology office Kesavan Sivabalan.
TM group CEO Datuk Noor Kamarul Annuar Nuruddin said this collaboration with Digi reflected TM's commitment, openness and neutrality to work together with industry players, towards achieving the government’s aspiration for a more cost effective 5G deployment.
“We aspire to not only enable the ecosystem but also plan to be a neutral partner for industry players and collaboration partners towards serving a more digital society and lifestyle, digital businesses and industry verticals, as well as digital Government.
“The collaboration is also hoped to accelerate the delivery of 5G services nationwide and bring enormous benefits to end customers as we strive to deploy 5G services to Malaysians nationwide, in line with MCMC’s aspiration in progressing humanity towards improving the quality of lives of the Rakyat, ” Noor Kamarul said.
"Most importantly, TM is proud to be part of the 5GDP as it enables us to demonstrate our capabilities to deploy 5G in Malaysia, where we have rolled-out the first 5G Standalone (SA) dedicated network in the country.
Commenting on the importance of industry-level collaboration for 5G, Digi CEO Albern Murty said through Digi's partnership with TM, “we continue to be committed to build a robust 5G ecosystem with the industry”.
Albern said Digi has always viewed partnerships as a positive way to deliver efficient and widespread access to Malaysians, and work is well underway with several of Digi’s use case trials deployed through numerous partnerships in Langkawi and the 5G OpenLab in Cyberjaya.
He said results from these trials would help determine how they could roll out 5G in a more concerted way across industry, in line with MCMC’s ambitions for a shared approach in deploying 5G for the country.”
In Langkawi, Digi has implemented two 5G use cases, namely virtual tourism at the Langkawi International Airport, and real-time medical data transfer and connected ambulance at Hospital Sultanah Maliha.
TM has already embarked on a total of 11 use cases in Langkawi covering Smart City, Smart Tourism and Smart Agriculture clusters.
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