Huawei seals 5G deal with Maxis in Malaysia

Partnership designed to facilitate faster rollout of 5G services

Huawei has signed an agreement for the provisioning of a 5G network in Malaysia through a government-backed partnership with Maxis.

Unveiled during a signing ceremony in Putrajaya, the Chinese vendor will supply 4G, LTE and 5G radio equipment and services, leveraging a long-term network alliance with the communications service provider.

Through modernising existing LTE network to be "5G-ready", the partnership is designed to facilitate a faster roll-out of 5G services when the spectrum is available.

“The impact of advanced technologies on our progress as a nation is inevitable and we cannot afford to be left behind, especially with Industry 4.0 already upon us,” said Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia. “There is no doubt that 5G will be a key driver to connecting everyone in Malaysia and transforming key industries such as manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare so that we can remain globally competitive.

“Collaboration between global players and local vendors is important to support a thriving technology ecosystem in Malaysia. I am pleased to see Maxis and Huawei taking advantage of this environment and supporting the growth of Malaysia’s digital economy.”

According to Arshad Raja Tun Uda - chairman of Maxis - the alliance represents an “important moment” for Malaysia as a nation, amid plans to deploy next-generation connectivity across the country.

“This represents significant progress in our journey and commitment to accelerate 5G in Malaysia,” he added. “We are pleased to be working with global technology leader and our long term partner, Huawei, whose experience, expertise and capabilities in 5G complement our ambitions to be Malaysia’s leading converged solutions company.

“We would like to thank the government for its instrumental role in driving the 5G national agenda, and we look forward to continue working with the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia and MCMC throughout our journey.”

Additionally, Maxis will have access to "insights, standards, products and solutions" which aims to make 5G easier to deploy nationwide. Huawei will also be putting together a "strong team of experts" to support Maxis on a series of technical training programmes on planning, operations and maintenance of the 5G network.

“Malaysia has been making tremendous progress in connecting the unconnected and embracing new ICT infrastructure development,” said Ryan Ding, CEO of Carrier BG at Huawei. “With 5G technology deployment, we foresee Malaysia will go through a phase of rapid digital transformation.

Ding said 5G technology is also expected to accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things, which will be a part of implementation of an end-to-end solution that covers the supply chain to meet the requirements of building a smart nation.

“Our vision is aligned with the Government of Malaysia in bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world,” he added. “Maxis has always been at the forefront in introducing new technologies to Malaysia.”