Maxis goes with Huawei for 5G

Malaysia’s second largest mobile network operator Maxis has inked a deal with Huawei to roll out 5G in Malaysia next year.Under the agreement, Huawei will supply LTE and 5G radio equipment and services, enabling Maxis to upgrade its 4G network.

Witnessing the signing ceremony was Malaysia Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who pointed out that the impact of advanced technologies on Malaysia’s progress as a nation is inevitable and the country cannot afford to be left behind.

“There is no doubt that 5G will be a key driver to connecting everyone in Malaysia and transforming key industries such as manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare so that we can remain globally competitive. Collaboration between global players and local vendors is important to support a thriving technology ecosystem in Malaysia,” he added.

According to YM Raja Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad bin Raja Tun Uda, Chairman of Maxis, this deal is important for everyone in Malaysia as it represents significant progress in thejourney and commitment to accelerate 5G in Malaysia.

“With 5G technology deployment, we foresee Malaysia will go through a phase of rapid digital transformation. 5G technology is expected to accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT), which will be a part of implementation of an end-to-end solution that covers the supply chain to meet the requirements of building a smart nation,” said Ryan Ding, Executive Director and CEO of the Carrier BG at Huawei.

Malaysia joins the growing list of countries — including Finland, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom — which have spurned the US’ call to boycott Huawei for alleged spying and security concerns.