KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ZTE Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd to collaborate on a range of research and development (R&D) innovations under its latest strategic partnership programme.
TM group chief executive officer, Datuk Imri Mokhtar said the partnership will leverage TM and ZTE’s joint expertise to drive innovation and digital transformation for customers and industries, focusing on R&D opportunities and commercialisation, product and technology improvement, and the enhancement of TM’s digital talent ecosystem.
"We are pleased to partner with ZTE once more in providing new innovations that will serve today’s digital customers and industries.
"Spearheading these efforts will be TM’s R&D arm that will provide hardware testing and design enhancement, consultation on digital platform technologies as well as integration solutions to ensure our offerings are market-ready," he told reporters at the MoU signing ceremony here, today.
Imri said the MoU comes at the heels of another recent joint research in next-generation access technology to enhance Malaysia’s high-speed internet connectivity.
"Introducing the first ever 50 gigabits per second (Gbps) bandwidth in Malaysia has prepared us to drive other innovative services such as 5G, cloud virtual reality (VR) and intelligent manufacturing which will benefit communities, businesses and the government," he said.
The signing of the MoU was presided over by Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil, his deputy Teo Nie Ching and chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din.
According to TM, the collaboration will also serve as an important step towards strengthening the nation’s digital and telco infrastructure, and empower Malaysia’s competitive edge in delivering cutting-edge solutions to the marketplace.
Building on TM and ZTE’s ongoing investments and commitment to R&D and innovation, the partnership aims to deliver new products and services, with TM serving as ZTE’s preferred business partner to deploy innovative solutions, go-to-market strategies, commercialisation and networking across various markets and customer segments in Malaysia and regionally.
Both companies will also work on network and technology planning and overall digital transformation by bringing together Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) providers to develop customised end-to-end solutions for various industry sectors.
The collaboration will focus on enhancing TM's digital talent ecosystem, covering areas such as talent competency best practices, professional competency framework, technical training and certifications for digital transformation, as well as cross-border knowledge sharing on new technologies.
ZTE's managing director Steven Ge said that the collaboration will bring forth new innovations and solutions to address the growing needs of today’s digital markets.
"As a leading global provider of information and telco technology solutions, we are looking forward to collaborating with Malaysia’s leading telco player.
"ZTE is also committed to supporting TM's digital transformation and talent ecosystem growth through our global expertise and resources, and we believe that this partnership will create a win-win situation for both parties while setting a new industry standard for strategic collaborations," he said. - Bernama