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2013 outlook for nextgen 4G in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Jan. 21, 2013
4G firm P1 looks ahead to a significant 2013 with an increase of M2M, mobile apps, as well as co-opetition between Malaysia's operators.

Michael Lai, CEO P1

Photo - Michael Lai, CEO, Packet One Networks (P1)


According to Malaysian 4G provider Packet One Networks, 2013 is expected to be a significant year with the continued momentum in the country's next generation 4G technology - both Time-Division (TD) and Frequency-Division (FD) Long-Term-Evolution.

Packet One Networks (P1) chief executive officer, Michael Lai, said: "The year 2013 will be an exciting year. Firstly, we will see an active movement for 4G LTE's DNA (Device, Network and Application). Be it TD or FD version of 4G LTE, telecommunications operators will start to embrace the technology. Thus we will see active deployments worldwide."

"In addition, 4G-enabled smart devices will start making inroads from the second half of 2013 and small screen will continue to dominate the mobile broadband space," said Lai. "As IDC 2013 predictions reported, smart mobile devices (smartphones, tablets eReaders), will grow by almost 20 percent in 2013 and generate nearly 57 percent of the industry's overall growth. While for mobile, broadband's applications, it will continue to take advantage and push the limits of 4G network and devices."

"Secondly, 'co-opetition' among operators will become even stronger due to the scarcity of spectrum," he said. "For operators to fully tap into the true potential of 4G LTE, spectrum will be key. For instance, you need at least 40MHz of spectrum to fully tap into the technology potential of LTE-Advanced which offers 1Gbps speed. Hence, without the luxury of unlimited spectrum, many operators would have to join forces to face the onslaught of what I called the perpetual data tsunami."

"Thirdly Cloud, M2M (Man-to-Man, Man-to-Machine and Machine-to-Machine) and MobileApps services are poised to take-off in the new 4G world," said Lai. "All the above mentioned have been talked about but have yet to showcase its full potential due to one main reason: ubiquity of high-speed mobile broadband. With the launch of 4G LTE, it will truly bring the benefits of Cloud, M2M and MobileApps services to life."

"Imagine the joy of downloading a 50MB file into your smartphone in just a minute or watching a high-definition Psy's Gangnam Style YouTube music video on-the-go," he said. "The availability of 4G LTE is set to eliminate the barriers of businesses to adopting ICT. In the near future businesses do not have to own costly IT equipment when cloud, M2M and MobileApps services are all they need. These services are available mostly on subscription basis, thus reducing their operation cost tremendously."

Focus for 2013

"For a four-year-old toddler in the broadband business, P1 has established itself as the leading 4G player in both Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Being appointed as one of the nine Steering Committee Members of GTI representing Malaysia and Southeast Asia, we look forward to continue playing a major role in contributing to TD-LTE development in the region," said Lai.

"2012 has been a significant year for P1 as we surpassed the half a million subscriber base mark; expanded network coverage to East Malaysia starting with the state of Sabah; were awarded the allocation on 20Mhz of 2.6Ghz spectrum to roll out 4G LTE," he said.

"We will focus on three areas in 2013. First, we will continue to expand and enhance our nationwide 4G coverage and rolling out TD-LTE," said Lai. "Secondly, we aim to support and help mobilise local business community, especially SMEs, to fully tap into the convergence of ICT. This will give SMEs the competitive advantage locally and globally."

"Last but not least, we will continue to bring innovative services using 4G, Fibre, SIP [Session Initiation Protocol] and Wireless Internet Leased Line to benefit both consumers and businesses," he said.


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