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YTL, UQ Communications agree to foster next-gen WiMAX

AvantiKumar | July 19, 2011
Malaysian and Japanese WiMAX firms sign agreement.

Wing K Lee - YTL Communications CEO

PHOTO - YTL Communications chief executive officer, Wing K. Lee

A memorandum of agreement between Malaysia's YTL Communications and Japan's UQ Communications will help to advance next-generation WiMAX technologies as well as harmonise standards, said both companies.

"Among 4G standards, WiMAX is the most matured and widely adopted in the world," said YTL Communications chief executive officer, Wing K. Lee, in mid-July 2011. "The signing marks the next phase in its advancement as we work with UQ Communications, a leader in its own right in one of the most advanced wireless countries in the world, to propagate the adoption of next-generation WiMAX technologies and to foster the development of 4G ecosystems in Malaysia and beyond."

Lee said the signing coincided with the successful world's first WiMAX2 field test conducted by UQ Communications recently on 7 July in Tokyo, Japan, where the delegation from YTL Communications, led by YTL Group managing director Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh, along with some 50 other international guests, witnessed a WiMAX2 wireless mobile network deliver a downlink speed of over 130Mbps [megabits per second] in a moving vehicle.

He said both operators will collaborate on business and technical partnerships to drive WiMAX ecosystem development, delivery of high-value innovations and exploration of new market opportunities.

"We are excited about this collaboration with YTL Communications as there is much for both parties to leverage and gain from each other," said UQ Communications president, Akio Nozaka. "As a result of the widespread adoption of WiMAX in key markets around the world, the WiMAX ecosystem is ready to advance to the next level of development with WiMAX2."

WiMAX2, the next generation WiMAX standard based on IEEE 802.16m, is an International Telecommunications Union (ITU)-designated International Mobile Telecommunications-Advanced (IMT-Advanced) standard.


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