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Malaysia's P1 eyes up nextgen 4G

AvantiKumar | June 13, 2011
Malaysian WiMAX firm P1 joins Global TD-LTE initiative to champion the next wave of 4G technologies.

Michael Lai, P1

PHOTO - P1 CEO - Michael Lai.

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 JUNE 2011 - Malaysian WiMAX firm Packet One Networks (Malaysia) - P1- has joined the global TD-LTE initiative to prepare for the next generation of 4G technology, said the company.

The move to join 19 other global telecommunication companies is to champion TD-LTE [Time Division-Long Term Evolution] technology, said P1 chief executive officer, Michael Lai. "The GTI [Global TD-LTE Initiative] is a platform formed to create value for stakeholders across the TD-LTE ecosystem and drive the early adoption of TD-LTE technology. LTE is the next wave of 4G technology that is potentially capable of delivering dizzying wireless speeds of up to 1 gigabits per second."

"For any technology to be cutting edge, there has to have mass adoption," said Lai. "The GTI consists of founding members who are heavyweights namely China Mobile, Bharti Airtel, Softbank Mobile, Clearwire and Vodafone Group. These operators collectively have a market potential of over half the world's population. With its global scale, TD-LTE will also bring the widest selection and most cost-effective high performance consumer devices like modems, routers, smartphones and tablets."

He said market intelligence firm Maravedis reported that by the end of 2011, there would be about 40 countries represented by 110 operators with 2.5 to 2.6GHz [gigahertz] spectrum allocation for TD-LTE. "P1 is one of nine Malaysian companies allocated the 2.6GHz spectrum as announced in 2010."

"WiMAX is still the most matured 4G technology available today," said Lai. "However, we must prepare for the future and LTE is definitely the answer to the growing demand for mobile broadband services. P1 wants to offer its subscribers the best of both worlds by transitioning to a dual 4G WiMAX/TD-LTE platform and maximising its RM1 billion [US$0.33 billion]nationwide WiMAX network investment."

"Thanks to the foresight of the Malaysian government in issuing the WiMAX licence in 2007, P1 was the first to invest in 4G technology in Malaysia nearly three years ago," he said. "Now we have a headstart in the transition to a dual 4G WiMAX/TD-LTE network. As a new member of GTI, P1 is able to value-add and share the combined experience with international operators in this exciting 4G journey."

Established in February 2011, the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) is a virtual open platform to advocate cooperation among global operators to promote TD-LTE. To date, the total 20 members of GTI are Aero2-Poland, Belltell-Philippines, Bharti Airtel-India, China Mobile-China, Clearwire-USA, Datame-Finland, E-Plus - Germany,  FarEastone-Taiwan, FITEL-Taiwan, Korea Telecom-Korea, Omantel-Oman, Nextwave-USA, P1-Malaysia, Smoltelecom-Russia, SoftBank-Japan, Tatung Infocomm-Taiwan, Vividwireless-Australia,  Vodafone-UK, Voentelecom-Russia and Woosh-New Zealand.



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