PHOTO - Professor Tan Sri Dato' Wira Sharifah Hapsah Syed Shahabudin, vice-chancellor, UKM (second from left) with Yasmin Mahmood, executive director, YTL Communications (second from right) showing the MoA just before the exchange. Joining them are the senior management of UKM.
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 JUNE 2011 - Malaysian research university Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has used Yes 4G service to join wireless solutions firm YTL Communications' Education Partner programme.
UKM, by using Yes 4G, which is powered by YTL Communications, is now part of YTL Communications Education Partner Programme (EPP). With this move, UKM joins Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (TARC) and SEGi University College (SEGi) as a fully 4G-enabled university under the EPP.
"The Internet is an amazing learning tool and is crucial to our vision for a brighter future," said YTL Communications executive director and programme director for the EPP, Yasmin Mahmood. "There should be no boundaries to obtaining knowledge, and with the EPP, we believe the students are given an opportunity to build for themselves a brighter future. Indeed, broadband does play a vital role in today's learning environment. We feel that this effort will eventually contribute to the larger success of the nation."
Mahmood said that under the EPP partnership, more than 25,000 students in the main UKM Bangi campus will receive 300MB [megabytes] worth of free usage a month for three years. "This free utility will also be extended to the other UKM campuses such as the UKM Medical Campus in Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur - houses the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Pharmacy - and the Cheras-based UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC)."
"Additionally, this signing completes the list of research universities in Malaysia that are on board with EPP. The other research universities are: UTM, UPM, USM and UM," she said, adding that the EPP was designed to provide Yes converged mobile data and voice services to more than 400,000 students in all the public universities and selected private institutions of higher learning in Malaysia by 2011.
"With an advanced fully-converged mobile network that offers broadband performance that is three to five times faster than 3G, Yes will complement UKM's existing data network and transform its predominantly fixed connection platform into a full-fledged high performance mobile wireless network," said Mahmood. "This will offer great flexibility to students and faculty members as they will have direct access to UKM's vast resources virtually anywhere in Malaysia, literally expanding the university's Intranet network beyond campus borders. In fact, once the 4G network is enabled, it will provide students and university staff with greater flexibility and enhanced capabilities, allowing them to implement more creative and innovative study methods that can and will go beyond the classroom and lecture halls."
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