Digi Telecommunications collaborates with ZTE to explore 5G technology in Malaysia

The term 5G has been appearing more frequently in the media, and there are more and more carriers that are interested in delving into 5G technology in Malaysia. But what exactly is 5G technology?

5G is the next generation of mobile broadband that will ultimately replace the 4G LTE connection. With 5G, you’ll see drastic improvements in the download and upload speeds. Latency, which is the time it takes devices to communicate with each other through wireless networks, will also significantly decrease.

Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 27th May 2019, with ZTE (M) Corp Sdn Bhd to explore the potential of 5G technology in Malaysia.

In its statement, Digi Telecommunications said the partnership will explore several different aspects of required collaboration to make 5G technology a reality in Malaysia.

These aspects consist of 5G live trials of end-to-end network functions and features, and pilot trials of 5G use cases for enhanced mobile broadband, fixed wireless access, ultra-reliable low-latency communication and immense machine type communications.

The MoU will enable trials to be conducted using low, mid and high 5G spectrum bands.

Digi Telecommunications Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Kesavan Sivabalan, said in the statement that the partnership solidifies the company’s belief that collaborations and trials are key to explore use cases that are pertinent to Malaysia.

As such, collaborations and trials form a part of Digi Telecommunications’ next steps in working towards implementing 5G technology in the country, he further explained.

“We acknowledge that deploying 5G in Malaysia has to be a multi-party effort, and we look forward to more collaboration’s such as these to accelerate the adoption of the technology in Malaysia. These trials and demonstrations will give us more insights into what is needed in order to implement 5G according to the needs of the country,” Kesavan said.

Furthermore, ZTE Managing Director Steven Ge, said in the statement that the company is anticipated to work closely with local partners to make 5G a certainty in Malaysia.

“As a global network provider and one of the pioneers in 5G, we look forward to work closely along with local partners to make 5G a reality here in Malaysia,” Steven said.

ZTE Senior Vice President of Global Sales Xiao Ming, said that ZTE had been working closely with many mainstream operators internationally for 5G innovation and advancement.

“ZTE is pleased to work with Digi to bring its best practices and suitable use cases to Malaysia,” Xiao said.

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