Malaysia signs ten-year deal with Ericsson for national 5G deployment



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Malaysian government wholesale 5G network operator Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) has selected Swedish telecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson to support the rollout of its nationwide network.

The 10-year partnership agreement between DNB and Ericsson sees the latter playing a key role in achieving DNB’s stated goal of expanding 5G coverage to 80% of the country’s population by 2024.

DNB aims to launch Malaysia’s first 5G network in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya in the initial phase of deployment.

The government-owned 5G wholesaler’s exclusive partnership with Ericsson covers the delivery of energy-efficient Ericsson Radio System products and solutions, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing software for extended 5G coverage. The scope also includes the cloud native 5G core and nationwide 5G radio access (RAN).

In addition, Ericsson will address the specific requirements of a single wholesale network with its managed service offering, Ericsson Operations Engine. It is hoped that the solution will improve the performance of DNB’s network by using artificial intelligence (AI), automation and cognitive software to predict and prevent problems.

In addition, Ericsson’s end-to-end reach also includes Operational Support Systems (OSS) and Business Support Systems (BSS) solutions.

“5G is an open innovation platform and becomes the cornerstone on which a country’s competitiveness depends,” said David Hägerbro, director of Ericsson in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. “The commitment of Malaysia and DNB to accelerate the deployment of 5G is to be commended, as it will accelerate the adoption of 5G nationwide, bridge the digital divide and transform the nation.

“5G will help facilitate the government’s ambition to promote Malaysians to become technology creators through the development of 5G applications and use cases.

“With a legacy of 56 years of contributing to Malaysia’s development, we are delighted to extend our commitment to the nation. Ericsson is confident that with our global 5G leadership and strong deployment capabilities, we will meet the deployment targets set by DNB. ” he added.

It is hoped that Ericsson’s participation in the national 5G project will result in direct and indirect socio-economic contributions in areas such as job creation, partnership with Malays and other local entrepreneurs and stakeholders. ecosystem, as well as knowledge and capacity building in Malaysia.

“DNB is committed to providing the best technological and innovation opportunities for Malaysians, businesses and government to ensure Malaysia is at the forefront of the global digital economy,” said Ralph Marshall, CEO of DNB. “We identified Ericsson to offer the best next generation 5G technology and professional services available to meet the specific and unique needs of DNB. ”

The DNB, which is 100% owned by the government of Malaysia, has been mandated to be the only neutral party to undertake the rollout of 5G network infrastructure nationwide. He is licensed under Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 provide wholesale 5G coverage and capacity to other licensees as part of the Act.

As such, DNB is responsible for helping Malaysia achieve its digital aspirations as outlined in the MyDIGITAL blueprint, which aims to transform Malaysia into a digitally-driven, high-income nation and a leader in digital content, cybersecurity and the digital economy in the South East Asia region.

Using the capabilities of 5G and accelerating the deployment of Malaysia’s nationwide 5G network and ecosystem, DNB will strive to provide access and services to mobile and other service providers licensed by regulators. .

DNB is also supporting the modernization of the country’s mobile networks as part of the national digital infrastructure plan, Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela), to ensure quality Internet connectivity for all Malaysians.

The deal comes after a series of regional market deals struck by another Scandinavian telecommunications equipment maker Nokia.

In May, for example, Malaysian telecommunications service provider Allo Technology partnered with Nokia to roll out a gigabit fiber network to be rolled out in Melaka, Johor, Negeri Sembilan and the coastal region. east of Malaysia.

Also in May, Nokia revealed that it was deploying its digital operations software, cloud infrastructure software and AirFrame servers as part of its efforts to upgrade the national network of the Philippine telephone company PLDT and its wireless unit, Smart Communications.

In June, Beaqon, a Singapore-based IT solutions integrator and communications specialist, partnered with Nokia to expand and upgrade Changi Airport’s networking technology stack.



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