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YTLe targets nationwide WiMAX rollout in 4Q 2009
(From left) YTL e-Solutions ED Datuk Michael Yeoh, Francis Yeoh, Cisco executive VP/chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink & MD Anne Abraham at the strategic collaboration signing between YTL e-Solutions & Cisco for the establishment of WiMax Core Network in KL.

The Edge Daily, 28th November 2008

By Sharmila Ganapathy

KUALA LUMPUR: YTL e-Solutions Bhd (YTLE) is aiming for a nationwide rollout of its Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) services by the fourth quarter of 2009, its chairman and managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping said.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, he said upon full commercial launch in 2009, Malaysians would simultaneously enjoy fourth-generation converged services. These would comprise mobile voice, data and video with full mobility.

YTLE yesterday announced the appointment of Cisco Services Malaysia to build and integrate its WiMAX core network for the nationwide rollout.

Cisco managing director Anne Abraham said the partnership would be for three years and Cisco would be involved in the deployment of YTLE’s WiMAX network.

Cisco will build and integrate YTLE’s WiMAX core network, which includes the Internet Protocol (IP) core, operating support system, billing system, proactive network operating centre and interoperability testing labs.

“Together with Cisco, YTLE will create a WiMAX centre of excellence in Malaysia to become a world destination for WiMAX technology development,” Yeoh said.

He said YTLE would deliver affordable WiMAX packages with fast, wide coverage and always-connected mobile Internet services.

Through its subsidiary Y-Max Networks Sdn Bhd, YTLE holds the WiMAX licence for the 2.3Ghz wireless broadband access spectrum, and is one of three players given the mandate for a rollout in Peninsular Malaysia.

It is also the last of the four WiMAX players to launch its services. All four players have been tasked by the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications to cover 25% of the population by year-end.

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