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Laying a foundation for 5G adoption

New Straits Times logo New Straits Times 14/6/2021 Farah Adilla

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has the prerequisites for 5G adoption, but there is a need for the right strategic investments into the national telecoms infrastructure.

Nokia head of Southeast Asia Daniel Jaeger said to support the shift to remote working and education, and such strategy can effectively lay the foundation for future developments, including 5G.

He said while there are sectors in Malaysia that can immediately benefit from the 5G rollout, namely in enterprise applications, general consumers and the mass market, there is still room for Malaysians to benefit from 4G LTE connectivity.

"Our experience at Nokia is choosing the right technology to address the current ecosystem is more important for long-term, sustainable access.

"5G has a long lifecycle, and we are at the very beginning of it," he told the New Straits Times in an interview recently.

Jaeger said building a strong foundation and having the necessary infrastructure will create a level playing field for all Malaysians.

It will also establish a more sustainable nationwide digital platform.

"From there, upgrading and rolling out advanced services, such as 5G, to the larger population will proceed far quickly and efficiently when the conditions are right," he added.

As for Nokia, Jaeger said over the past year alone, and the company was able to navigate the challenges of the ongoing pandemic to solidify its presence in the region with both existing and new customers.

"In Southeast Asia, we were selected to deploy Southeast Asia's first 5G standalone (SA) Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing network in Singapore by Antina – a joint venture between M1 and StarHub.

"Nokia partnered with M1 earlier this year to expedite SA 5G services for its customers in Singapore, in addition to its partnering with Starhub to jointly deploy a cloud-native 5G core network that will power device connectivity at scale and usher in advance mobility solutions.

"Both collaborations are aimed to help Singapore meet its long–term Smart Nation objectives," he said.

He said Globa Telecom also selected Nokia in the Philippines to expand the geographical reach of the operator's 5G network.

"For this, we are providing Globe Telecom with equipment and services from our comprehensive 5G AirScale portfolio to build the RAN, which includes base stations and other radio products.

"We believe our global track record in 5G and our ability to bring the ecosystem together – especially with the experiences gained from the partnerships we have been solidifying in Southeast Asia – will help support the transformation of Malaysia's connectivity future," he added.

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