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Malaysia's WiMAX operators urged to join forces

Posted: 12 Apr 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-MAX  wireless broadband  telecommunications services 

Malaysian Energy, Water and Communications minister Lim Keng Yaik said that four new WiMAX operators will be asked to share infrastructure to reduce costs and enhance service, according to an AP report.

Lim suggested that the four new operators set up a joint venture, having equal interest to handle shared equipment and infrastructure for WiMAX. He added that the shared infrastructure will allow the operators to concentrate on providing services and other products and content, the report said.

The Malaysian government awarded last month wireless broadband licences to four emerging companies—Green Packet Bhd., REDtone International Bhd., YTL E-Solutions Bhd. and Asiaspace Dotcom Sdn. Bhd.—to diversify the telecommunications market.

The four companies will each invest up to Rs.379.43 crore ($86 million) in the first three years and are expected to roll out services to a quarter of the population in their designated areas by year-end, and at least 40 per cent by the end of the third year, the report said.

When asked if the move to get WiMAX operators to share infrastructure could delay the roll-out of services, Lim said that a slight delay is acceptable if the service is cheaper and better. He added that Malaysia's telecommunications services and content are still not at par with other regional countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.




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