Thursday, December 6, 2012

8 firms get 2,600 MHz spectrum

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has allocated the 2,600 MHz spectrum band to eight companies that will allow them to provide 4G services.

4G is is mobile broadband services delivered using the next generation of mobile broadband technologies, including Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access).

The eight companies are Celcom Axiata Bhd, DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd, Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd, Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd, REDtone Marketing Sdn Bhd, U Mobile Sdn Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.

MCMC said existing service providers may use the 2,600 MHz allocation to further expand and enhance the capacity of their mobile broadband networks to meet increasing consumer demands while the introduction of a new player is expected to bring fresh ideas and innovation into the market.

It also said the allocation of the band would pave the way for Malaysians to enjoy 4G services, which could offer mobile broadband speeds in excess of 100Mbps. 
The technology promises many new services to consumers, such as high definition video streaming, enhanced user experience on real-time applications and better connectivity for mobile and consumer electronic devices.

MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi said with this new technology, the people can look forward to improvements in their digital lifestyle. 

"For the business community, cloud services, teleworking, teleconferencing and video type applications can be better experienced while on the move," said Sharil.

Since the introduction of 3G and WiMAX technology in Malaysia, the demand for better quality mobile broadband service has intensified. 

"This allocation is in line with similar initiatives in developed countries like the United States and some European countries."

He added that market readiness for 4G technology is also reaching its maturity as increasingly, many of the latest devices in the global market support the use of this technology and, hence, the economies of scale will bring much benefit to the country.

In a statement yesterday, MCMC said the service providers are expected to enter into smart partnerships and sharing agreements between them, which include spectrum and radio access network sharing, in order to utilise larger bandwidths, lower the cost of roll out and offer better 4G experience and affordability to consumers. 

"Additionally, smart partnerships mean shared infrastructure and, thus, reducing the duplication of physical transmission towers," it said.

It added that 4G wholesale MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network) service will also be offered to other providers that do not have access to the allocation.


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