ZTE gets P1 contract for next-phase broadband rollout

PETALING JAYA: Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1) has awarded the full turnkey contract for Phase III network expansion of its 2.3GHz 4G WiMAX wireless broadband service to ZTE (Malaysia) Corporation Sdn Bhd and ZTE Corporation.

The contract worth US$76mil (RM258mil) will see ZTE deploy P1’s W1MAX network — including network planning and design, equipment supply, engineering services and WiMAX network optimisation — to cover 65% of the country’s population by 2012.

“From the day we embarked on our WiMAX journey, our goal has been to make broadband a right for all Malaysians,” said Michael Lai, chief executive officer of P1. “To deliver on this commitment, an aggressive deployment of the our W1MAX network is crucial.”

In March last year, P1 signed with ZTE to deploy Phase II of its national network rollout for US$28mil (RM95mil) to expand coverage from 35% to 45% of the population by the end of this year.

As one of the world’s leading telecommunications equipment providers, ZTE said it is confident it has the capabilities, knowledge and expertise to meet P1’s network rollout target of 45% by 2010 and 65% by end 2012.

P1 recorded 140,000 subscribers at the end of 2009 and will continue supporting the National Broadband Initiative and the national target of 50% household broadband penetration by year end.

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