edotco and Huawei sign MoU, aim for 5G readiness in Malaysia

The world’s 1st multi-tech, multi-operator indoor small cells solution is deployed at KL Sentral

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

edotco Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd have signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the implementation of next-generation telecommunication solutions to mobile network operators (MNOs).

edotco Group Sdn Bhd chief regional officer Wan Zainal Adileen said the pilot project is not only directly responding to the increase in data consumption needs, but also a significant step towards 5G readiness in the country.

“Together with our technology enabler Huawei, we share a mutual goal in contributing towards achieving Malaysia’s digital goals,” he said at the MoU signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur (KL) yesterday.

The MoU leverages on both parties’ expertise to develop go-to-market strategies, commercial offerings, technical architecture and deployment plans.

The world’s first multi-technology, multi-operator indoor small cells solution was deployed and installed at KL Sentral’s ground floor last month, followed by Celcom, DiGi, U Mobile and Maxis’ integration.

According to Wan Zainal, the 5G specifications will be deliberated and finalised at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019, to be organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

“Once it is finalised, we will see a lot of ITU member countries or neighbouring countries implementing 5G on a wide commercial basis,” he said.

Moving forward, he said there have been talks on the installation of the small cells solution live system in other areas, but further discussions with MNOs are required.

“We need to think about the next site’s requirements, as well as if the areas and locations are suitable for this solution,” he said.

The MNOs have begun providing enhanced coverage and connectivity for users in the area daily since then.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak said the move to utilise the small cells solution in Malaysia can tackle the increasing need for data consumption.

“We are seeing a 50% to 100% growth in data consumption quarter-on-quarter, not year-on-year.

“This is why we are meeting these operators, so that we can understand their concerns with regard to providing not only coverage, but also to increase their quality of service and capacity,” he said.