TM INKS SMART C-RAN COLLABORATION AND SERVICE AGREEMENTS FOR SMART PUTRAJAYA PROJECT WITH TOUCH MINDSCAPE SDN BHD
In supporting the Government’s aspiration of establishing a greener, smarter, safer and connected city, Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) announced the deployment of its new solution of cellular network architecture, namely the Smart Centralised Radio Access Network (Smart C-RAN) for Smart Putrajaya project via its collaboration with Touch Mindscape Sdn. Bhd. (TMS).
Mohamad Rozaimy Abd Rahman, Executive Vice President, Global Wholesale, TM, signed the partnership agreement on behalf of TM while TMS was represented by its Director, YM Raja Dato’ Mufik Affandi Raja Khalid. With the agreement in place, TM and TMS will be working closely in providing a common infrastructure to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) for the provision of Smart C-RAN services in Putrajaya where TMS will provide not only the street pole structures but also telecommunication equipment, entailing the common sharing of antenna and other specialised equipment.
At the same event, TM also signed a separate Smart C-RAN Service Agreement with TM Group’s Mobility Centre of Excellence, webe digital sdn. bhd. (webe). The agreement was signed by Rozaimy on behalf of TM, while webe was represented by its Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Azizi A. Hadi. With the agreement signed, webe is the first mobile network operator subscribing to the Smart C-RAN service.
Prior to the signing, TM has signed a collaborative agreement with Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) which is also a Master Agreement for the Smart Putrajaya project. These collaborations bode well towards establishing a digital ecosystem for Putrajaya with PPj as the local authority, TMS as the technology partner and webe as the mobile network operator.
Acknowledging the strategic synergies of the Agreements, Rozaimy said, “These strategic agreements harness the strengths of each party in ensuring the success of the Smart Putrajaya project. Particularly compelling, the collaborations will facilitate the establishment of digital ecosystem for Putrajaya by providing better mobile and WiFi access for its communities, with the potential adoption of smart city solutions in the future. We will continue to deliver relevant convergence communication services and solutions to Malaysians via the five (5) pillars of Smarter Living, Smarter Businesses, Smarter Cities, Smarter Communities and a Smarter Nation – to cater to individual lifestyles and businesses alike, in tandem with our vision “To Make Life and Business Easier, for a Better Malaysia”.”
The momentous event was further graced by the presence of His Royal Highness the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah. Addressing the collaboration, His Royal Highness emphasised about TM’s growth over the years while strengthening Malaysia’s position as a regional hub. His Royal Highness also highlighted about the importance of such collaboration between TM and TMS in realising the Prime Minister’s new direction of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) as revealed during Budget 2017, a futuristic policy for the country’s roadmap in the next 30 years after 2020.
Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim Shafie, Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, the then Group Chief Executive Officer, TM were also present to witness the ceremony.
TM’s Smart C-RAN is a new solution of cellular network architecture for the future mobile network infrastructure, particularly on Radio Access Network (RAN). It provides a centralised RAN architecture that support 2G, 3G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) systems and future wireless communication standard, addressing huge capacity requirements, space constraints as well as preserving aesthetic values of urban cities.
To date, TM has successfully completed its Smart C-RAN pilot site and currently in the progress of deploying the remaining sites as agreed between TM and PPj. Putrajaya was selected as the first cluster for the Smart C-RAN deployment with a projection of more than 60 sites take-up throughout the contract period. TM is also in the midst of rolling out Smart C-RAN solution nationwide together with its partners.
For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.my.
Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Malaysia’s Convergence Champion and No. 1 Converged Communications Services Provider offers a comprehensive suite of communication services and solutions in fixed (telephony and broadband), mobility, content, WiFi and smart services. As a market leader, TM is driven by stakeholder value creation in a highly competitive environment. The Group places emphasis on delivering an enhanced customer experience via continuous customer service quality improvements and innovations, whilst focusing on increased operational efficiency and productivity.
Leveraging on our extensive global connectivity, network infrastructure and collective expertise, TM is well positioned to propel Malaysia into a regional Internet hub and digital gateway for South-East Asia.
As a multiple award winning model corporate citizen, committed to good governance and transparency, TM continues its pledge to ensure the integrity of our processes, people and reputation as well as the sustainability of our operations. Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) ethos reinforces responsible behavior in the four main domains of the marketplace, workplace, the community and the environment. With a focus on ICT, the Group further promotes 3 major platforms i.e. education, community/nation-building and environment, through our Reaching Out programmes.
TM will continue to leverage its strategic investments made earlier in webe and TM Business Solutions to realise its Convergence and “Go Digital” aspirations as its moves beyond connectivity services into new value added digital services. The Company is embarking on a holistic approach covering customer experience, process optimisation and new business opportunities. This entails building a digitally competent and smarter workforce to act as a catalyst to the digital transformation of TM, thus powering Malaysia’s digital economy.
TM looks forward to serving customers with relevant convergence propositions via the 5 pillars of Smarter Living, Smarter Businesses, Smarter Cities, Smarter Communities and a Smarter Nation – delivering a seamless digital experience and integrated business solutions to cater to individual lifestyle and business communication needs – towards making “Life and Business Easier for a Better Malaysia”.
For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.my.
TMS is a Network Facility Provider (NFP) and Network Service Provider (NSP) licensed by the Malaysian Commission of Multimedia and Communication (MCMC) since 2008. The license covers the entire Peninsular Malaysia. Apart from developing and maintaining telecommunication towers, TMs also owns and operates three (3) fibre-optic networks. The first network links Gombak with Kuantan through the KL-Karak highway and the East Coast Highway (a distance of about 300km); the second network covers the Penchala Link Highway (1.1km); and the third network covers the road up to Genting Highlands. TMS is the only company that was approved by Genting Malaysia Berhad to develop a fibre optic network in Genting Highlands.
Together with its subsidiary, Touch Matrix Sdn Bhd (TMx), TMS now owns more than 600 telecommunication structures in the States of Pahang, Melaka, Kedah, Wilayah Persekutuan and Selangor.
TMx was established in 2005 and holds the NFP license for the State of Pahang. TMx is currently the largest State-Backed Company in Peninsular Malaysia with 12 years of experience in developing and managing more than 400 telecommunication structures in Pahang. TMx has also carried out various tower construction and maintenance works under the various programmes initiated by MCMC.
Both TMS and TMx are part of the Touch Group Holdings Sdn Bhd’s (TGH) group of companies, a diversified Malaysian conglomerate that is involved in various industries such as hospitality (The Hyatt Regency Kuantan), agriculture (dairy), renewable energy (mini-hydro), construction, properties, F&B and others.
TGH website can be viewed at http://www.tm-group.com.my/.