TM deploys standalone network for 5G demo project

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic By RAZAK GHAZALI

TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) will participate in the 5G demonstration project by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to roll out the first 5G standalone (SA) network in the country.

TM group CEO Datuk Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin (picture) said the group is excited to demonstrate its capabilities to deploy 5G in Malaysia and roll out the first 5G SA network in the country.

“The deployment of our tested and proven 5G-enabled smart solutions for the showcases in Subang Jaya and Langkawi is a testament to our commitment in accelerating the delivery of 5G services nationwide.

“This is in support of MCMC’s efforts in progressing humanity towards improving the quality of lives of the rakyat,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

He added that the company via its products and solutions will continue to lay the foundation for Industrial Revolution 4.0 and in enabling the Internet of Things.

“This is to serve wider digital society and lifestyle, digital businesses and industry verticals, as well as digital government,” Noor Kamarul said.

The demonstration project TM is participating is to test the new 5G features and explore its technology system, while assessing the best way to deploy the infrastructure nationwide.

TM plans to test the implementation of a converged 5G core network, which will allow the coexistence of non-SA and SA networks, whereby the latter is the future of the 5G network deployment.

The telecommunication company’s public sector business solutions arm, TM ONE, recently began its 5G demonstration in Subang Jaya, Selangor, to test its 5G solutions — namely the smart traffic light, smart safety and security, and smart parking.

TM is also expanding its demonstration project in Langkawi, Kedah, with the demonstration of more 5G use cases.

The transmission of 5G service in Langkawi went live yesterday, deploying the 5G SA network in the country.

The company also plans to test and demonstrate the dynamic spectrum sharing feature, where it can share the same spectrum to support different mobile technologies.

Noor Kamarul said the approach is expected to minimise network duplication, thus leading to cost reduction which translates to lower prices for consumers and allows the savings to be channelled for better innovation.

“We are open and ready to work together with other operators during this demonstration project.

“True to our position as the national telecommunications infrastructure provider for Malaysia’s digital nation aspirations, we have established the communications backbone (for the country) with the widest connectivity and network convergence,” he added.