Malaysia : Celcom (also known as Celcom Axiata Berhad) one of the Network provider in Malaysia is prepared to launch its 5G Commercial service by the end of this year.
Local media reports quoted Celcom chief executive officer (CEO) Idham Nawawi as saying: “We have embarked on the 5G journey for a while and we have done more than 50 use cases throughout the year, such as in Langkawi, Petaling Jaya, Sunway and with other partners. We have had some discussions with the government’s 5G special purpose vehicle (SPV) and yes, we are technically ready and prepared to roll out as soon as the network is available”.
5G Network will increase the Speed massively while also giving great user experience by reducing latency (response from network) and for Network providers it will use the available spectrum more efficiently. 5G also brings New use case for future such as self driving technologies etc which need instant response from network that 5G promises.
“We have spent some of the capital expenditure (CAPEX) that is needed for the 5G integration. Our core is in a way ready for 5G. It just needs to be connected to the 5G core of Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) so we can proceed with the services,” he added. While the company is also planning to phase out its 3G Network by year end. And use the 3G Spectrum More efficiently by using it for 4G or 5G service. He said the company has done two 3G sunset proof-of-concept between April and June in Semenyih and Klang, Selangor, and it has also completed the first pilot cluster 3G shutdown in Kuala Lumpur last month.
To date, Celcom has completed almost 95% of network upgrading works at approximately 9,500 sites, performed network optimization at more than 3,600 sites, and delivered 4G coverage improvements at 3,200 sites, nationwide.