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KUALA LUMPUR: Celcom Axiata Bhd, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and Maxis have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore joint fibre infrastructure development to efficiently deploy fibre backhaul and rollout fibre to base stations in the country.

In a joint statement here today, the three telcos said the collaboration would enable improved 4G connectivity nationwide, in line with the government’s national Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) ambitions.

“It also serves as an important milestone as Malaysia gears up for 5G deployment. To achieve all that 5G offers, a denser, fibre-rich infrastructure is needed to deliver 5G’s key performance indicators: low latency, higher data speeds, ultra-high reliability and capacity to manage more connected devices,” the statement added.

The MOU sees the three telcos exploring to combine their expertise in designing, building, commissioning, operating and maintaining their fibre infrastructure nationwide.

This includes evaluating ways the telcos can optimise the use of existing fibre infrastructure and current swapping and common build arrangements.

Celcom’s chief executive officer Idham Nawawi believed the collaboration was the way forward for the industry towards the development of a sustainable ecosystem.

“Therefore, we welcome this initiative to explore a collective resource of assets that will potentially lead to a more coordinated joint rollout of our services,” he added.

Echoing Idham’s view, Maxis CEO Gokhan Ogut said the collaboration was a positive step forward in delivering ubiquitous network access in all the towns and cities in the country and an example of intelligent cooperation towards achieving the government’s NFCP ambitions and targets.

“This MOU is an extension of our existing successful partnership with Celcom on fibre deployment, and we look to forward to work with both parties to ensure we cater for better customer experience across the country,” according to Digi CEO, Albern Murty. – Bernama