|SEALED: Yeoh (left) and Zamzamzairani exchanging documents at the signing ceremony yesterday
Malay Mail, November 19, 2009
YTL Communications Sdn Bhd is teaming up with Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) to roll out 4G network services by 2010 with the aim of bridging the digital divide between urban and rural populations.
Both parties yesterday signed a wholesale ethernet service and master tenancy for infrastructure sharing
The 15-year agreement will enable YTL Communications to leverage on TM's nationwide wholesale ethernet service, while riding on its high-speed broadband infrastructure and other telecommunication facilities.
“The collaboration with TM is pivotal and strategic as it will create a complete eco-system that provides for a truly converged nationwide mobile Internet service using 4G technology,” YTL Group’s managing director Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh Sock Ping said at the signing ceremony.
Under the agreement, the company will be able to tap on to more than 200 TM telecommunications towers across the country to facilitate the roll-out and installation of its 4G network radios.
“Furthermore, YTL Communications’ nationwide 4G services will also help Malaysia’s economy be truly innovation-led and will enable the country to be a centre of excellence for mobile Internet technology,”
Yeoh said, adding that YTL group’s mission is to provide world-class quality products and services at a competitive rate.
YTL Communications has received approval from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to operate a 2.3 gigahertz WiMAX wireless broadband network and is using this to provide a mobile connectivity with some of the biggest global technology pioneers such as Cisco, Clearwire, GCT Semiconductor and Samsung.
TM group chief executive officer Datuk Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said the strategic alliance with YTL Communications was a testament to TM's strength in its core networks and infrastructure.
“By making the network infrastructure open to all licensed access seekers such as YTL Communications,
TM is keeping its promises for open access and continuing support for the government’s initiative to provide information and communication technology accessibility to all, while increasing the broadband penetration rate to 50 per cent by the end of 2010,” he said.