Celcom accelerates RM825 mil capex for network improvements

Celcom accelerates RM825 mil capex for network improvements
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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 9): Celcom Axiata Bhd has accelerated capital expenditure (capex) of RM825 million to enable 250 new network sites built and 8,000 sites optimised with improved 4G coverage and capacity across the nation.

These network investments have rapidly increased Celcom’s 4G LTE pop coverage, especially in Sabah, Pahang, Terengganu, Sarawak, Negeri Sembilan and Kedah over the past nine months.

Chief executive officer Datuk Idham Nawawi said the telecommunication provider is modernising its network with the latest network technology, including the eight transmit and eight receive antenna elements (8T8R) RAN technology that would significantly improve mobile capacity and user experience.

He said the company’s network improvements also include the cessation of 3G services, which would enable it to allocate more network and spectrum resources to 4G LTE, making its network ready for 5G.

“Our continuous focus on operational cost management has enabled positive cost savings, while maintaining profitability.

“With an encouraging subscriber growth, including user growth from Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), Celcom’s cost-saving initiatives do not affect or burden our customers, but enable us to offer more innovative products and services at affordable prices, especially in the enterprise market,” he said in a statement.

Celcom has achieved an average of more than 94% LTE population coverage nationwide with nine states at 98% population coverage or higher.