Penang building in pilot project for fibre-level speeds over copper cables

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  • Tuesday, 09 Jul 2019

YTL Communications chief executive officer Wing K. Lee (left) at the press conference in Penang. -Mustafa Ahmad/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: YTL Communications launched its Gigawire technology here which enables copper wire cables, commonly found in old buildings, to deliver fibre-level broadband services.

The Penang Chinese Town Hall is the first building in Malaysia to take part in the pilot project for the Gigawire technology which runs until September.

YTL Communications chief executive officer Wing K. Lee said throughout the country, there were nearly a million such buildings still running on copper wire infrastructure.

"It is unreasonable to expect people to move to a new building just to enjoy fibre-level speeds," he said during the launch at Penang Chinese Town Hall Tuesday (July 9).

He added that the company was able to marry Terragraph, a gigabit wireless technology, to bring fibre-level broadband to a single point to the building rooftop and integrate it with Gigawire technology.

"This is to ensure the entire building can enjoy fibre-level speed over existing copper cables," Wing said.

Also present was state local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo and Penang Chinese Town Hall chairman Datuk Khor Teng How.

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