Suresh Sidhu CEO of edotco Group

edotco and Telecom Infra Project collaborate to address connectivity gaps

edotco Group Sdn. Bhd. (edotco), the leading regional integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, has partnered with the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), to advance connectivity in urban and underserved areas and communities. This partnership opens up collaboration opportunities to conduct trials of Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) technologies and innovative smart poles with shortwave radio capabilities.

“As markets gradually migrate from 4G to 5G, independent neutral-host infrastructures will be the new normal for the telecommunication industry. This, combined with the development of active telecom equipment through an open ecosystem can accelerate innovation and unlock new network efficiencies, enabling telco operators to simplify the process of network coverage extension and modernization,” said Suresh Sidhu, Chief Executive Officer, edotco Group.

Suresh Sidhu, Chief Executive Officer, edotco Group.

OpenRAN is an industry initiative to define and build RAN solutions based on a general-purpose vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology. The recent collaboration will see edotco deploy and test OpenRAN 4G sites at selected high traffic areas in Malaysia. edotco will validate TIP OpenRAN in a Network as a Service environment, providing wholesale service to mobile service providers, starting with Celcom Axiata and extending to others over time.

“The push for greater connectivity requires the combined effective implementation of next-generation innovative solutions and best industry practices, which can only materialize via a concerted effort from various players within the ecosystem. With TIP’s quest to develop an alternative supply ecosystem based on Open Systems, our partnership is a step up in our commitment to enable seamless connectivity in the markets we serve – even for the most remote areas,” added Suresh Sidhu, Chief Executive Officer, edotco Group.

”To build an alternative supply ecosystem requires forward thinking partners in APAC to test and deploy these new technologies and push the envelope on new business models. As a pioneer of the telecom infrastructure-sharing model across South and Southeast Asia, we’re confident that edotco has the necessary expertise in the area of alternate connectivity to enable rich digital experiences for urban & underserved communities,” said Aaron Bernstein, TIP board member.

edotco is committed to empowering greater connectivity with tailor-made innovative solutions that meets the diverse telecommunication needs across the core markets in which they operate, including Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Laos. The company has been deepening its commitment over the past six years by ensuring the right sharable infrastructure is constructed and managed to assist mobile operators to enable cost effective and seamless connectivity