KUALA LUMPUR, Tuesday, 28 JUNE 2011 - China Mobile and Packet One Networks (Malaysia)
Sdn. Bhd ("P1"), Malaysia’s first and leading 4G operator today sealed
a technology cooperation agreement to spearhead the TD-LTE* technology movement
in Malaysia and South-East Asia.
"For true mobile 4G and TD-LTE to be successful, technology needs mass adoption.
The economies of scale brought about by China Mobile’s over 600 million subscriber
base will see rapid development of the entire TD-LTE ecosystem. This will benefit
operators all across the globe and will bring huge benefits to P1 and Malaysia both
commercially and technologically," explained Michael Lai, CEO of P1.
Madam Huang Yuhong, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute said
that Malaysia through P1 with its three years into 4G WiMAX deployment is a valuable
knowledge resource in the development of TD-LTE technology. One good instance is
the way P1 manages its monthly average subscriber data consumption of 12 Gigabyte.
The world will see a data tsunami and this is one exciting area every operator needs
to be prepared for.
Madam Huang said, "The massive momentum of TD-LTE will see the early development
of the widest selection and most cost effective high performance consumer devices
like modems, routers, smart phones and tablets." Research firm Maravedis reported
that by the end of 2011, there will be approximately 40 countries represented by
110 operators with 2.5 to 2.6GHz spectrum allocation for TD-LTE. Both P1 and China
Mobile firmly believe LTE is the future for mobile broadband. P1 plans to transition
its WiMAX network to a dual WiMAX/TD-LTE network as early as the first half of 2012.
Lai added, "The Malaysian Government has been visionary in issuing 4G licenses
and we are thankful for this. Today, the country is leading this region in 4G evolution
and we will continue to evolve to maintain this leadership position."
In tandem with China Mobile’s TD-LTE promotion activities, P1 was recently
accepted into the GTI. The GTI was formed in February this year to drive the early
adoption of TD-LTE technology and to propagate TD-LTE’s eco-system. China
Mobile is one of the founding operators of the GTI. The other GTI founding companies
are Bharti Airtel, Softbank Mobile, Clearwire and Vodafone Group. GTI has a market
potential of over half the world’s population. Currently, there are 20 operators
Under the agreement, P1 and China Mobile Research Institute will collaborate to:
- Promote TD-LTE as global standards in general; and for early adoption in South-East Asia in specific, through
regional and local activities,
- Promote Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) throughout South-East Asia
- Promote the jump-start of TD-LTE deployment in Malaysia
Lai and Huang formalized the partnership agreement witnessed by guests of honour
Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Malaysia YB Dato’
Joseph Salang Gandum and Charge D’Affaires, Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China in Malaysia; HE Chen Dehai. The P1-China Mobile technology partnership
also promotes bilateral cooperation between the two nations.