by LYDIA NATHAN / pic by TMR FILE
MAXIS Bhd achieved 100% of its targets for Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela) and accelerated the capacity with upgrades, which equal to more than 35% of total upgrades of 16,367 sites by the industry.
In a statement released yesterday, Maxis said it has built more than 150 new sites and completed upgrades at more than 5,500 sites in market centres both in Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia.
Kiulu is a small town in Tuaran, Sabah, where Maxis had built new sites and finished 4G upgrades last year, providing high-speed coverage in six different communities within the area.
Additionally, its fibre footprint has also been on the rise, after more than 6,500 premises were passed last year.
Its CEO Gokhan Ogut said Maxis has been leveraging its mobile, fibre, WiFi and satellite communication capabilities to bring a better network experience to highly remote locations.
“The pandemic has levelled the field for people from all walks of life and everyone can identify with the universal dependency on technology to connect with one another. This has brought digitalisation to new levels as Malaysians begin to fully leverage and experience technology in the true sense,” he said.
According to Ogut, Maxis has commitments in fixed rollouts for Jendela and mobile, in line with the ambition to become Malaysia’s leading converged solutions provider.
The CEO said this year Maxis will remain focused on optimising its network in anticipation of the continuous surge in Internet traffic.
He said Maxis will be rolling out fibre in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Penang and Johor, with a greater focus on rural and remote locations, while strengthening quality of experience in urban, residential and industrial areas with upgrades to mobile sites in several states, including Perak, Kelantan, Pahang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.
He added that Maxis has been preparing for the next-generation of IP network to be 5G ready, having conducted successful trials in the country.
“It (Maxis) has brought new and innovative 5G use cases to educate the public on the technology’s potential and capabilities, via the 5G demonstration projects and industry showcases. These include 5G in education via its eKelas VR (virtual reality) use case, as well as Smart Security, Smart Agriculture and Fixed Wireless Access applications.”
“Subsequently, Maxis and Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd have also been progressing well on their TechCity initiative in Kuala Lumpur with a focus on increasing 4G capacity and user experience, enabling fast 5G deployment and achieving optimisation of existing network resources,” Ogut said.