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edotco, TIP to Improve Network Connectivity in Underserved Areas

edotco, the leading regional integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), announced that they are on track to unlock new network efficiencies that will improve connectivity at urban street level and indoor coverage in underserved areas in South East Asia and South Asia, starting in Malaysia. This latest advancement is a further example of a deepening engagement through TIP’s ecosytem, a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity.

With the initial phase of the collaboration on the OpenRAN trials progressing well, we are moving to the next phase focusing on the development of end-to-end urban solutions for 4G and 5G. The next phase will focus on the development of a deployment blueprint which will be tested in a TIP Community Lab together with System Integrators, with the goal of simplifying the process of network coverage extension and modernization. Once the blueprints have been validated, they will be shared with the broader TIP community and products will be listed on TIP Exchange.

Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Interim CEO, edotco Group, said: “With new network demands on the rise and the critical need to connect the underserved communities, we must accelerate the adoption of next-generation solutions. These new solutions, based on a vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology will present a technological revolution for seamless connectivity in underserved communities, while providing cost-effective options to network operators”.

Attilio Zani, TIP Executive Director, said: “This project shows TIP’s commitment to deliver open, disaggregated network solutions across all connectivity scenarios, from ultra-rural to dense urban environments. This new collaboration to develop end-to-end urban solutions addresses the increasing needs from service providers to deliver better connectivity to their customers in urban environments”.

The blueprint will be field validated during these field trials. The field trials will comprise testing for use cases including high-density locations and indoor environments. Following a successful field trial and viability assessment of this end-to-end next generation solution, edotco alongside TIP will gear up for trials and subsequently, commercial deployments dedicated to advancing connectivity for urban communities based on a wholesale service model, thereby enabling  network operators to efficiently expand 4G and 5G urban networks.

This marks the second major project for edotco with the TIP community this year. In February 2020, edotco announced it was testing and deploying TIP-incubated OpenRAN 4G solutions at sites in selected high traffic areas, as a solution to provide wholesale services to mobile operators.

(This content is surmised from a press release)