Celcom, Digi, Maxis collaborate to explore joint fibre infrastructure for 5G rollout

Celcom Axiata Bhd, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and Maxis Bhd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 27th February 2020. This MoU is aimed towards exploring joint fibre infrastructure development to proficiently deploy fibre backhaul and rollout fibre to base stations in the country.

In the future, this will enable improved 4G connectivity nationwide which aligns with the government’s National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) initiative.

The MoU also marks a significant milestone as Malaysia prepares for 5G deployment. To achieve all that 5G offers, a fibre-rich infrastructure is needed to deliver 5G’s key performance indicators. These indicators include low latency, higher data speeds, ultra-high reliability and capacity to manage more connected devices.

Through this MoU, the three telcos will work together and combine their expertise in designing, building, commissioning, operating and maintaining their fibre infrastructure nationwide.

Besides that, it includes evaluating ways the telcos can optimise the use of existing fibre infrastructure, and current swapping and common build arrangements.

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Celcom’s Chief Executive Officer Idham Nawawi believes that collaboration is the way to move forward for the industry towards the development of a sustainable ecosystem.

“Therefore, we welcome this initiative to explore a collective resource of assets that will potentially lead to a more coordinated joint rollout of our services,” he added.

CEO of Digi Albern Murty also feels the same way and so he pointed out, “This MoU is an extension of our existing successful partnership with Celcom on fibre deployment, and we look forward to working with both parties to ensure we cater for better customer experience across the country.”

Maxis CEO Gokhan Ogut also shares the same sentiments and said that the collaboration was a positive step forward in delivering ubiquitous network access in all the towns and cities in the country and an example of intelligent cooperation towards achieving the government’s NFCP ambitions and targets.

Idham explains that the MoU will also explore the best practices to deploy network enhancement that is cost-efficient, prevents duplication of infrastructure building while further growing the nation’s connectivity landscape.

“Ultimately, the people will benefit by receiving products and services with the most value,” he says.

With this collaboration, the 5G landscape will be in a positive way forward and all Malaysians will be able to enjoy affordable and widespread connectivity.

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