Celcom, TM team up in broadband arena


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KUALA LUMPUR: Celcom Axiata Bhd and Telekom Malaysia Bhd have signed a memorandum of understanding to deliver fixed and mobile convergence telecommunications services to their customers.

Under the MOU, both companies will collaborate in several areas, specifically in expanding the access and transmission of high-speed broadband services.

The agreement also covers areas such as wholesale Internet access, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) access, Fiber network system via wholesale long-term lease, and Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) services.

This collaboration will allow Celcom to provide its own fibre-based fixed broadband service, as well as enable future services like IPTV (television via the Web), Video On Demand, and other rich multimedia services.

It will also allow Celcom to provide a DSL service by using TM’s copper infrastructure to reach areas that currently do not have access to TM’s Unifi high-speed broadband service.

The service will complement Celcom’s 3G/HSDPA (High-speed Download Packet Access) broadband service.

TM benefits by gaining access to Celcom’s cellular network as an MVNO, to offer its own branded mobile voice and data services to complement its existing fixed-line portfolio.

But neither TM nor Celcom could give a definitive answer on when the services borne out of this collaboration would meet the market.

Celcom chief executive officer Datuk Seri Shazalli Ramly said that the initiative is about giving consumers what they want in the best possible format.

“The old paradigm of fixed versus mobile access is becoming irrelevant because consumers are using data in a multitude of ways — on their PCs, smartphones and Tablets,” he said.

TM chief executive officer Datuk Zamzamzairani said TM working together with other service providers and complementing each other brings the nation closer to increasing its household broadband penetration rate to 75% by 2015.

“We are confident that this collaboration will benefit the end users because it is in the consumers’ best interests to have a range of options to choose from, based on service quality, coverage and pricing,” he said.

TM and Celcom are in advanced discussion on the collaboration and a definitive agreement is expected to be reached withing two months of the MOU signing.

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