edotco, TIP moving towards greater connectivity in underserved SEA, South Asia

  • Telcos
  • Friday, 03 Jul 2020

File pic: From left are interim CEO, edotco Group Datuk Mohd Izzaddin Idris and Axiata Group president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim at a media briefing in February 2020.

KUALA LUMPUR: edotco Group Sdn Bhd and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) are on track to unlock new network efficiencies that will improve connectivity at urban street level and indoor coverage.

In a joint statement on Friday, edotco, which is a regional integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, said the improved connectivity will be for underserved areas in South East Asia and South Asia, starting in Malaysia.

“This latest advancement is a further example of a deepening engagement through TIP’s ecosytem, a global community of companies and organisations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity, ” they said.

With the initial phase of the collaboration on the OpenRAN trials progressing well, both parties are moving to the next phase focusing on the development of end-to-end urban solutions for 4G and 5G.

The next phase will focus on the development of a deployment blueprint which will be tested in a TIP Community Lab together with System Integrators, with the goal of simplifying the process of network coverage extension and modernization.

Once the blueprints have been validated, they will be shared with the broader TIP community and products will be listed on TIP Exchange.

Datuk Izzaddin Idris, Interim CEO, edotco Group, said: “With new network demands on the rise and the critical need to connect the underserved communities, we must accelerate the adoption of next-generation solutions.

“These new solutions, based on a vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology will present a technological revolution for seamless connectivity in underserved communities, while providing cost-effective options to network operators”.

In addition, both edotco and TIP alongside the participation of two mobile network operators in Malaysia will soon conduct proof of concepts (PoC) for 4G OpenRAN across 15 locations within Klang Valley. This work marks the first and largest field trial of OpenRAN in the Southeast Asia region.

Attilio Zani, TIP executive director, said: “This project shows TIP’s commitment to deliver open, disaggregated network solutions across all connectivity scenarios, from ultra-rural to dense urban environments.

“This new collaboration to develop end-to-end urban solutions addresses the increasing needs from service providers to deliver better connectivity to their customers in urban environments”.

He said this is a great example of how companies can collaborate in TIP's ecosystem to build and test (validate) the robust infrastructure needed to provide the backbone for critical services, smarter cities, safety and digital inclusion”.

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