With 3G already a thing of the past, the next-generation of mobile network lies on the 4G LTE (fourth generation/long-term evolution) rollout. U Mobile Sdn Bhd, which ranked as the fourth-largest mobile operator in Malaysia, has recently inked a collaborative deal with Telekom Malaysia’s (TM) Next-Gen Backhaul Services (NGBH). The collaboration is to allow U Mobile to boost its network services as well as expanding its 4G LTE connectivity throughout the country. Prior to the deal, U Mobile’s LTE coverage is only restricted to certain areas around Klang Valley and Johor Bahru.
According to U Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Too Tian Jen, who signed the nine-year partnership agreement with Telekom Malaysia, the 4G LTE connectivity service will cover the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern regions of Peninsular Malaysia. However, the East Malaysia region is out of the equation for the time being.
“As a data-centric telco, we have introduced many market defining products that are aligned with the mobile Internet trends to our customers in the past few years. We hold our customer’s satisfaction close to our heart, and that needs to be supported by a robust network infrastructure. We will continue to invest in our network to ensure our customers enjoy the best user experience in the market. We are glad to partner with TM as their technologies are able to support our network capacity demand,” said Too Tien Jen during the press conference for the U Mobile and Telekom Malaysia’s partnership deal in Kuala Lumpur on May 27.
On top of that, Too has also addressed that U Mobile is targeted to provide 80% of 4G connectivity for Klang Valley region and 70% for the Johor Bahru region with 4G connectivity by the end of the year. The planning stage also includes a total of 1,000 4G LTE sites by the year-end of 2015.
On another note, U Mobile Chief Executive Officer Wong Heang Tuck is hoping the collaboration can strengthen the company on par with Maxis Bhd, Digi.Com Bhd and Celcom Axiata Bhd in terms of growing more 4G customer base.