Digi and ZTE sign MoU to explore 5G innovations for Malaysia

Press Release
May 26, 2019

Partnership to implement live trials and demonstrate use cases for 5G to ensure rollout relevant to local needs

SUBANG JAYA, 27 MAY 2019 – Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ZTE (Malaysia) Corporation Sdn Bhd (ZTE) to further explore the potential of 5G technology in Malaysia.

Signing on behalf of Digi was Chief Technology Officer, Kesavan Sivabalan, and ZTE (Malaysia) Corporation was represented by its Managing Director, Steven Ge.

The partnership will explore several aspects of required collaboration to make 5G technology a reality in Malaysia, including 5G live trials of end-to-end network functions and features, and pilot trials of 5G use cases for enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) and Massive Machine Type Communications (MMTC). The trials will be conducted using low, mid and high 5G spectrum bands.

Digi’s Chief Technology Officer, Kesavan Sivabalan explains that this partnership solidifies Digi’s belief that collaborations and trials is key to explore use cases that are relevant to Malaysia, and a part of Digi’s next steps to work towards implementing 5G technology in the country.

“We acknowledge that deploying 5G in Malaysia has to be a multi-party effort, and we look forward to more collaborations such as these to accelerate the adoption of the technology in Malaysia. These trials and demonstrations will give us more insights into what is needed in order to implement 5G according to the needs of the country,” Kesavan says.

Xiao Ming, SVP of Global Sales, ZTE Corps says: “ZTE has been working with many mainstream operators globally for 5G innovation and developments, and is pleased to work with Digi to bring its best practices and suitable use cases to Malaysia.”

Steven Ge says: “We are pleased to partner with Digi to trial 5G innovations in the country to benefit Malaysians in the long-run. As a global network provider and one of the pioneers in 5G, we look forward to work closely along with local partners to make 5G a reality here in Malaysia.”

About Digi
Digi is a mobile connectivity and internet services provider enabling 11.8 million Malaysians on our advanced 4G+ network. We have an ambition to provide relevant, personalised, and engaging digital products and services that will fully enable our customer’s digital lifestyles. Listed on Bursa Malaysia, Digi is part of global telecommunications provider Telenor Group, and is a leader in driving responsible business practices. For more information, visit www.digi.com.my.

For more information, please contact:
Chew Hwee Yen |Mobile: +60 12-395 3398 | hychew@digi.com.my
Jasmin Zainal | Mobile: +6017 368 9382 | digi@voxeureka.com

About ZTE
ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE’s strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE’s products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.