TM partners with Digi to explore 5G network sharing

Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) and Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) are both participating in the 5G Demonstration Project (5GDP) undertaken by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

These two giants have agreed to collaborate in testing the capabilities, possibilities and limitations of 5G network sharing between multiple network service operators during the 5GDP phase.

Through this partnership, Digi is currently operating its 5GDP sites which include on-site 5G radio network and 5G core network in Langkawi.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Tengku Muneer Tengku Muzani, Chief Strategy Officer of TM while Digi was represented by their Chief Technology Officer Kesavan Sivabalan.

Besides collaborating for the 5GDP, both parties are also exploring 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing in Langkawi.

Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin, Group Chief Executive Officer of TM said, “TM is proud to be part of the 5GDP as it enables us to demonstrate our capabilities to deploy 5G in Malaysia, where we have rolled out the first 5G Standalone (SA) dedicated network in the country,” he said.

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He added, “TM, via our innovative and comprehensive products and solutions, will continue to lay the foundation for Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) and enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) – to serve a more digital society and lifestyle, digital businesses and industry verticals, as well as digital Government.”

Digi Chief Executive Officer Albern Murty, said, “Through our partnership with TM, we continue to be committed to building a robust 5G ecosystem with the industry. We have always viewed partnerships as a positive way to deliver efficient and widespread access to Malaysians, and work is well underway with several of Digi’s use case trials deployed through numerous partnerships in Langkawi and the 5G OpenLab in Cyberjaya.”

In Langkawi, Digi has carried out two 5G use cases which are virtual tourism at the Langkawi International Airport, and real-time medical data transfer and connected ambulance at Hospital Sultanah Maliha.

On the other hand, TM has started working on a total of 11 use cases in Langkawi comprising of Smart City, Smart Tourism and Smart Agriculture clusters, focusing on and enriching the lives of the Rakyat.

Malaysia’s 5GDP began in October 2019, with the purpose to facilitate, build and nurture the development of promising use cases of 5G in a live but controlled environment; and in a broader context, to grow the 5G ecosystem in Malaysia.

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