Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has collaborated with Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd (Huawei) on interoperability test programme focusing on Standalone (SA) dedicated core infrastructure architecture.
TM said tests which will be conducted at its 5G Demonstration Project (5GDP) sites in Langkawi, Kedah will include features and functionalities of network sharing among telecommunication service providers in the country.
The success of the test represented a significant milestone on the path towards accelerating the anticipated commercial 5G deployments in the later part of 2020.
TM group chief executive officer Datuk Noor Kamarul Annuar Nuruddin said the collaboration was aimed to accelerate the offering of 5G services to Malaysians, with end-to-end solutions from the network, to the cloud, to the client.
“Towards this end, TM with the support from Huawei experts, are also setting up the 5GDP network in Langkawi as an incubation centre for other telco players, businesses as well as local enterprises to utilise the network and test more 5G use cases on top of the existing 11 use cases that have been deployed,” he said in a statement today.
Noor Kamarul added the SA dedicated network architecture deployed in Langkawi, new enterprise use cases and business models will be made possible as the company progressed with the 5GDP programme, beyond traditional connectivity and mobile broadband services.
“The success of the interoperability tests which will be conducted by TM and Huawei will not only lay a foundation for large-scale commercial launch of a multitude of new innovative 5G use cases, it will also promote the industry’s end-to-end 5G SA dedicated core’s commercialisation efforts spanning networks and devices,” he added.
Noor Kamarul said the latest joint effort with Huawei was an important milestone and demonstrated significant progress in the journey towards 5G deployment in the country.
“It is an important step towards the commercial use of 5G in full scale later in the year. It is key to ensure a smooth multi-tenant commercial network rollout by performing series of interoperability tests among technology providers during this demo project.”
He said interoperability would play a significant role in driving new business opportunities for telcos as the industry was focusing on the next generation services spanning autonomous driving, smart factory, smart farm, and augmented reality / virtual reality brought about by the accelerated deployment of future 5G network, applications and solutions for Malaysian homes, businesses and beyond.
Huawei chief executive officer Michael Yuan said the collaboration was an effort to explore 5G technology and the potential to realise the digital economy, Industrial Revolution 4.0 and bringing enhanced connectivity to all Malaysians.
“As a leading global ICT solutions provider, our core business value lies in customer centricity – customising our solutions based on clients’ needs. In working together with them, we help them succeed in achieving their ICT goals,” he added.