A Seamless Transition; Maxis And HUAWEI Getting Ready For 5G Network

Maxis and Huawei Technologies Malaysia (Huawei) have begun scaling up the 4G network to prepare for a seamless transition to 5G. Maxis selected key areas in Kuala Lumpur to conduct trials with Huawei, with a focus to increase 4G capacity and user experience, enable fast 5G deployment, and achieve optimisation of network resources.

The TechCity initiative is dedicated to building an excellent 4G and 5G infrastructure to bring the best connectivity experience and digital quality of life for the people and businesses in Malaysia in the future.

Through the programme, Maxis joins global leading operators in having closer R&D collaboration and access to the latest development of 5G applications. Huawei’s TechCity had already launched in leading cities such as London, Seoul and Tokyo.

Maxis undertook the first trial of a new radio solution in 4G network with FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) massive MIMO to boost radio capacity by providing higher network gains for existing user devices on a live network. A 1.4x increase in traffic volume was observed after massive MIMO trial was activated.

At the same time, Maxis and Huawei successfully completed trials in LTE and New Radio (LNR), utilising Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) in the 1800MHz frequency. This is an Asia Pacific Region first exploration for sub-3GHz frequency testing, which allows Maxis to reuse existing 4G frequency and equipment to offer 5G in the future, which can increase spectrum efficiency up to 1.5x compared to conventional static refarming.

“The 5G TechCity programme aims to foster an ecosystem of smart solutions that will be key drivers for the nation’s digital economy and elevate its competitiveness from an Industry 4.0 standpoint. We are pleased to be progressing on this programme with a global technology leader and our long term partner Huawei.

Their experience, expertise and capabilities complement our ambitions to be Malaysia’s leading converged solutions provider. We are committed to delivering seamless digital connectivity for all Malaysians, which will pave the way for a steady transition into 5G technology deployment in line with the nation’s JENDELA aspirations,” said Morten Bangsgaard, Maxis Chief Technology and Information Officer.

“We are pleased to be working with Maxis on the TechCity initiative to successfully create 5G solutions that can be replicated in global markets,” said Huawei CEO of Malaysia, Michael Yuan.

Back in January, Maxis successfully conducted Southeast Asia’s first 5G Multi Operator Core Network (MOCN) trial in collaboration with Celcom, achieving peak speeds of more than 1.1Gbps in an outdoor environment at trial sites in Langkawi, Kedah.

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