Digi, ZTE ink MoU on 5G services

DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ZTE (M) Corp Sdn Bhd to offer 5G technology in Malaysia.

According to a press statement yesterday, Digi stated the partners will explore a few areas of interest.

Trials will be carried out using low, mid and high 5G spectrum bands, and include end-to-end network functions and features.

The trials will also see pilot trials of 5G usage cases for enhanced mobile broadband, fixed wireless access, ultra-reliable low-latency communication and massive machine type communications.

“Deploying 5G in Malaysia has to be a multi-party effort, and we look forward to more collaborations such as this to accelerate the adoption of the technology in Malaysia.

“These trials and demonstrations will give us more insights into what is needed in order to implement 5G according to the needs of the country,” Digi CTO Kesavan Sivabalan (picture) said.

ZTE had previously signed an MoU with U Mobile Sdn Bhd in March as a part of a joint programme to conduct live tests.

“We have consolidated a longterm strategic partnership with U Mobile,” Steven Ge, MD for ZTE Malaysia, explained.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission hopes to implement 5G technology by 2021 or 2022.

Mobile communications industry body GSMA also forecasted 5G to make up 25% of connections in Malaysia by 2025, while 75% will be on 4G.

5G networks are expected to take up 15% of the connections in the Asia-Pacific region by 2025, whereas 67% will be taken up by 4G networks. — TMR