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Malaysia's P1 makes LTE TDD plans with Qualcomm

AvantiKumar | June 24, 2011
Collaboration to develop long term evolution time division duplex technology in Malaysia.

Qualcomm, P1 sign agreement

PHOTO - (From left) Mantosh Malhotra, regional head - Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines for Qualcomm; YBhg Tan Sri Tan Sri Khalid Bin Ramli, chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Malaysia; YBhg Datin Seri Masnah Rais, wife of YB Dato' Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim, Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Malaysia;  Michael Lai, CEO of P1; Mohd Idham Nawawi, COO of P1.

Packet One Networks Malaysia (P1) is to roll out long term evolution time division duplex (LTE TDD) technology in Malaysia following a partnership agreement with Qualcomm.

The memorandum of agreement, which was signed in Singapore late June, followed discussions between both companies on devising an upgrade path from wireless 4G telecommunications technology to LTE TDD, said P1 chief executive officer, Michael Lai. P1 is a Malaysian WiMAX firm while Qualcomm develops mobile solutions.

"P1 is responsible for one of the world's first 2.3 GHz band 4G WiMAX deployments since 2008," said Lai. "P1's experience in the last three years of 4G deployment is a valuable asset to the 4G technology evolution roadmap and ecosystem development of LTE TDD. P1 is delighted to explore new frontiers with Qualcomm on LTE TDD technology."

"Thanks to the government's foresight, Malaysia is currently one of the world's leading 4G countries," he said, adding that to date, 18 multimode LTE networks have been launched around the world, with commitments to launch by a further 196 operators.  "This is in addition to the 1.2 billion subscribers who are already using 3G devices and services." 

"Qualcomm is pleased to be in discussions with P1 to explore the deployment of a LTE TDD network in Malaysia, and is testament to P1's foresight, responsibility and commitment in providing the best value wireless rich media broadband to its customers," said Qualcomm regional head - Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, Mantosh Malhotra. "LTE's expanding ecosystem and economies of scale will benefit P1 and Malaysians both commercially and technologically."


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