Malaysian network provider Celcom Axiata Berhad has signed an agreement with Ericsson to expand and upgrade its in-country LTE network.
To serve the growing demand for data services in Malaysia, Ericsson will supply radio access network (RAN) equipment from its Ericsson radio system portfolio, which will also serve as a platform to help Celcom evolve its network to 5G in the coming years.
“We have been at the forefront of providing our customers with the best data experience, and remain committed to evolve our network with the latest technologies,” said Mohamad Idham Nawawi, CEO at Celcom Axiata Berhad.
“This partnership is strategic as it will not only help us further expand our LTE footprint but create the base for the launch of 5G services.
“We will continue to drive technology innovations in Malaysia to bring the latest services, and to enable all Malaysians to participate in the digital economy."
Ericsson radio system portfolio has supported technologies such as narrowband-internet of things (NB-IoT) and 5G new radio (NR) capabilities with a remote software installation since 2015.
The ability to upgrade existing capabilities through a convenient software update allows network providers like Celcom to seamlessly meet the growing demand for data-rich services through a modern 5G enabled infrastructure.
Furthermore, the 5G/IoT radio network software complements Ericsson’s already launched multi-technology supporting baseband and radios.
“We have been a long-term partner of Celcom and are pleased to support them in expanding and upgrading their LTE network across Malaysia,” said Todd Ashton, head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“It will enable the delivery of enhanced customer experiences for millions of Malaysians while getting their network ready for the evolution to 5G."
Ericsson and Celcom claim to have performed Malaysia's first ever 5G trial in 2017; the first 5G trial conducted on the 28 GHz band in Southeast Asia.