Photo - Jaffa Sany Ariffin - CEO, U Mobile
National regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has awarded a 20MHz block of the 2.6GHz spectrum to local telco U Mobile.
U Mobile chief executive officer Jaffa Sany Ariffin said the move by MCMC, which issued the letter on 5 December 2012, was a strategic one for the telco. "The position of our block of spectrum is strategic in that it provides U Mobile with the option of sharing spectrum and possibly collaborating through smart partnerships with other telcos."
"By sharing spectrum we would hope to benefit from reduced rollout costs and pass those savings onto our consumers," said Jaffa. "When LTE services are commercially available, the benefit will be an enriching and exciting mobile experience for our customers and it will undoubtedly bring significant change to the way we experience mobile communication services."
"We thank the MCMC for awarding us the spectrum and we look forward to providing our customers with even faster mobile Internet services," he said, adding that through its LTE services, U Mobile will aim to provide an even better value proposition to its customers with improved technology delivering mobile Internet with speeds up to 100 Mbps, better smartphones and applications.
The allocation of the 2.6GHz spectrum blocks by MCMC to eight telecommunications players signifies the next phase of the evolution of mobile Internet in Malaysia, as it provides the gateway for 4G or Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
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