KUALA LUMPUR (May 23): U Mobile will expand the delivery of mobile data services across Malaysia through the deployment of a Nokia single radio access network (RAN) as well as microwave and Internet Protocol-based mobile transport technologies.
Both companies, via a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently, will also collaborate on a 5G live network trial later this year.
Nokia said under a three-year contract inked with U Mobile, it would deploy the single RAN advanced network in greenfield locations nationwide, facilitating the cellular service provider’s aggressive network expansion drive to provide customers with a superior data experience.
“With this deployment it also means customers all across Malaysia will be able to further enjoy U Mobile’s unlimited innovations,” it said in a statement today.
The single RAN advanced network currently being installed at U Mobile using Nokia’s AirScale base stations is 5G-ready.
U Mobile’s chief technology officer Woon Ooi Yuen said U Mobile had been aggressively expanding its network across Malaysia in its drive to bring the customers a superior experience.
“We are delighted to be able to leverage on Nokia’s expertise in our network expansion journey. We are, of course, also looking forward to working with Nokia as part of our Road To 5G Strategy. We have in our plan to conduct several 5G live trials with Nokia later this year for various use cases,” he said.
To date, Nokia has signed 37 5G commercial contracts across the world, including 20 with named customers, and the company continues to actively work on 5G use cases with manufacturing hubs and agricultural regions.
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