Malaysian organisations highlights country's best in CommunicAsia 2013

  • TECH
  • Friday, 21 Jun 2013

VISITING: Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek (centre) stops by at the Malaysian Pavillion at CommunicAsia 2013 in Singapore. Accompanying him is Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman, Datuk Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi.

SINGAPORE: Malaysian exhibitors are making their presence felt at CommunicAsia 2013 by creating awareness about the latest developments that are taking place within the nation’s technology sphere. 

Maxis Bhd is among the Malaysian telecommunications companies that have set up a booth at the Malaysian Pavilion.  

This time around, it has chosen to highlight the initiatives that it is working on alongside the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. 

“Our participation here is first and foremost to support the overall government initiative,” says Suhaimi Sulong, head of government affairs at Maxis. “We have put together what we’re offering and the value we’re giving to the country as a whole (to inform visitors).” 

He adds that the company has adopted the tagline Enabling the communities as the theme for its booth at CommunicAsia 2013. 

Among the solutions which Maxis is highlighting at its booth includes eKelas, which offers solutions to complement maths and science studies for secondary school and its community broadband centres (CBCs) which provide Internet access to the rural and underserved areas. 

Riding on the connectivity achieved through its CBCs, Maxis is also providing health check facilities through its mHealth initiative as well as wireless banking and finance conveniences to rural areas. 

Besides that, others such as Measat Global Berhad are also present at CommunicAsia as part of its efforsts to raise its public profile further within the Asia Pacific region. 

“We here to highlight what we’re doing with our customers and key partners, and mainly just to connect with others and discuss our plans with them,” says Paul I Brown-Kenyon, chief executive officer of Measat. 

While it helps to provide connectivity for rural communities in the country, the satellite also focuses on delivering its services to parts of the country. 

Meanwhile, the Malaysia Data Centre Alliance (MDCA) wants visitors to CommunicAsia to know that Malaysia is gearing towards becoming a regional data centre hub. It also hopes to encourage foreign companies to set up their regional data centres within the country. “Our mission is to help create awareness, to let everybody know that we’ve got a lot of good industry players,” says Billy Lee Kok Chi, chairman of MDCA.  

“We hope to attract foreign companies to place their regional data centres in Malaysia.” 

To date, he says there are 18 members in MDCA who make up 90% of data centre space in Malaysia. 

According to Lee, the MDCA, which was set up late last year, will be focussing on areas such as business development, connectivity, reduction of energy consumption and the development of centralised standards and policies.

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