KUALA LUMPUR (July 2): Following the announcement of its partnership with Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) on the deployment of the 5G network for Malaysia, Ericsson president for Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh David Hägerbro said the company is committed to delivering on its promise as it looks to launch the 5G network in the country by year end.
"Our contribution towards nation building, technological innovation and creation of local jobs in Malaysia is important to us, as evidenced by our long-standing partnerships across local academia, industry and with communities," he said in a post on his LinkedIn profile today.
"The real work has just begun for us and we intend to deliver well on the trust that has been placed in us. We are excited to continue to be at the forefront of Malaysia’s telecommunications journey," he added.
DNB announced yesterday that it had appointed Ericsson (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to design and build the national 5G network at a lower cost of RM11 billion compared with the previously budgeted cost of RM15 billion.
This cost will not be borne by the government as Ericsson has undertaken to arrange financing for the supply, delivery and management of the entire 5G network.
The scope of work will see Ericsson undertake the design and development of the national wide end-to-end 5G network comprising core, radio access and transport network (RAN), operation and business support systems (OSS/BSS) and managed services.
Hägerbro said the 5G network will offer users faster connectivity speeds, ultra-low latency and greater bandwidth, and enable Malaysian entrepreneurs to create applications that will benefit consumers and help drive businesses in the country.
"It is an honour for Ericsson to be partnering with DNB on the deployment of 5G in Malaysia. This critical network infrastructure will accelerate the country’s transformation towards an advanced digital economy as per the government’s MyDIGITAL blueprint, quickly bridging the digital divide.
"Having been part of the evolution of Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry since 1965, we are delighted that our leading 5G solutions and global experience in deploying 86 live 5G networks to date will be leveraged for the benefit of all Malaysians," he added.
According to DNB, the 5G network and ecosystem are scheduled to be launched by end-2021 in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.
By 2022, DNB said, it will start deploying 5G to five major cities and districts in the states of Selangor, Penang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, and thereafter nationwide to cover 17 cities as well as rural areas from 2023 onwards.