Malaysia’s Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) has announced the commercial availability of 5G services in parts of Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur. The 5G network has been deployed by Ericsson, following its selection as DNB’s 5G network equipment provider in July this year.
“With its higher speed, ultra-low latency and reliability, the 5G network will ensure that DNB can deliver a leading, world class 5G network and experience for users in Malaysia. It will also help the country achieve its objectives of transforming the country into a digital economy,” said David Hägerbro, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh.
“For 5G to be successful in Malaysia, there are key success factors that Ericsson and DNB are addressing, namely, affordability, customer experience and security,” continued Hägerbro.
It is planned that the 5G will reach approximately 40 per cent coverage in populated areas in Malaysia by the end of 2022 and subsequently will be extended nationwide to cover other urban and rural areas and industrial parks, with a target of approximately 80 per cent coverage in populated areas by 2024. In conjunction with the commencement of its service, DNB has offered its wholesale 5G services at no cost until Q1 2022 to all Mobile Network Operators that are integrated into the DNB network.
Ericsson is leveraging on its technology leadership and global 5G deployment experience to build a world class 5G network end-to-end in Malaysia. Both Frost Radar as well as Gartner Magic Quadrant have ranked Ericsson as a leader in 5G. Ericsson will leverage on advanced solutions like Multi-Operator Core Networks using the 5G Radio Resource Partitioning feature, so that the radio access network can be shared by six operators, while at the same time allowing each operator to have their own core to create differentiation.
The 5G network will be operated using largely local resources and the latest tools and Artificial Intelligence. “This will guarantee the lowest cost per GB and enable affordable 5G for Malaysians as well as a world class customer experience,” said Hägerbro.
As 5G will be used by enterprises, network security is extremely important. “Security is one of the corner stones of Ericsson and the 5G network that we are building in Malaysia is trustworthy, resilient and secure by design from day one,” Hägerbro explained.
Contributing to the local economy
Ericsson’s partnership with DNB will also contribute to the economy by partnering local contractors and hiring more Malaysians as part of Ericsson’s commitment to Malaysia. The deployment of the network will also result in the development of local skills and transfer of knowledge and expertise.
“To deliver the full value of 5G to Malaysia, we will also be bringing together partners across ecosystems to collaborate, innovate and incubate ideas. Because we believe 5G is much more than just connectivity. It’s going to be the most important platform for innovation,” commented Hägerbro.
“Ericsson is fully committed to supporting DNB for the 5G project in Malaysia because we believe in the value that it will deliver to Malaysia. We will ensure that the DNB network not only becomes a showcase of 5G experience in the region but also as a shining example of what technology innovation can offer,” said Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India.