TM & Digi Team Up To Test Out 5G Network In Langkawi

Telekom Malaysia and Digi, who are both currently participating in the 5G Demonstration Project (5GDP) undertaken by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), have agreed to work together in testing the capabilities, possibilities and limitations of 5G network sharing between multiple network service operators during the 5GDP period.

Digi is currently operating its 5GDP sites (including on-site 5G radio network and 5G core network) in Langkawi to run its 5G use cases, supported by TM in providing fibre backhaul. This portrays the synergy between fixed and mobile network operators in delivering 5G connectivity solutions. Additionally, both parties are also exploring 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing as well.

“We are very excited to enter into this collaboration with Digi; which reflects TM’s commitment, openness and neutrality to work together with industry players, towards achieving the Government’s aspiration for a more cost effective 5G deployment. We aspire to not only enable the ecosystem but also plan to be a neutral partner for industry players and collaboration partners towards serving a more digital society and lifestyle, digital businesses and industry verticals, as well as digital Government. The collaboration is also hoped to accelerate the delivery of 5G services nationwide and bring enormous benefits to end customers as we strive to deploy 5G services to Malaysians nationwide, in line with MCMC’s aspiration in progressing humanity towards improving the quality of lives of the Rakyat.”

Dato’ Noor Kamarul Annuar Nuruddin, Group Chief Executive Officer, TM

In Langkawi, Digi has implemented two 5G use cases, namely virtual tourism at the Langkawi International Airport, and real-time medical data transfer and connected ambulance at Hospital Sultanah Maliha. TM has already embarked on a total of 11 use cases in Langkawi covering Smart City, Smart Tourism and Smart Agriculture clusters, focusing on making life easier, meeting the needs, and enriching the lives of the Rakyat.

Malaysia’s 5GDP kickstarted in October 2019, with the aim to facilitate, build and nurture development of promising use cases of 5G in a live but controlled environment; and in a broader context, grow the 5G ecosystem in Malaysia. During this period, participating telecommunication companies are actively testing new 5G features, exploring 5G technology and assessing the best way to deploy 5G infrastructure nationwide.

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