Early this year, Maxis and Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and collaborate on the TechCity initiative in Kuala Lumpur to deliver 4G and 5G solutions.
Following that, both companies have begun scaling up the 4G network to prepare for a seamless transition to 5G.
Maxis selected key areas in Kuala Lumpur to conduct trials with Huawei, with a focus to increase 4G capacity and user experience.
The trials also aimed to enable fast 5G deployment, and achieve optimisation of network resources – all of which will prepare for 5G deployment once spectrum is made available.
The TechCity initiative is dedicated to building 4G and 5G infrastructure to provide good connectivity experience and digital quality of life for the people and businesses in Malaysia in the future.
Maxis joins global leading operators in having closer R&D collaboration and access to the latest development of 5G applications. Huawei’s TechCity has presence in leading cities such as London, Seoul, and Tokyo.
Maxis undertook the first trial of a new radio solution in 4G network with Frequency Division Duplex (FDD), massive MIMO to boost radio capacity by providing higher network gains for existing user devices on a live network. Notably, a 1.4 times increase in traffic volume was observed after the massive MIMO trial was activated.
Concurrently, Maxis and Huawei have completed trials in LTE and New Radio (LNR), utilising Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) in the 1800MHz frequency. This is an Asia Pacific Region first exploration for sub-3GHz frequency testing.
“The 5G TechCity programme aims to foster an ecosystem of smart solutions that will be key drivers for the nation’s digital economy and elevate its competitiveness from an Industry 4.0 standpoint.
We are committed to delivering seamless digital connectivity for all Malaysians, which will pave the way for a steady transition into 5G technology deployment in line with the nation’s JENDELA aspirations,” said Morten Bangsgaard, Maxis Chief Technology and Information Officer.
“Malaysia has been making tremendous headway with its forward ICT policies towards building a digital economy, and TechCity is fundamental to this journey to cultivate a robust ecosystem to deliver exceptional user experience and network efficiency.
We are pleased to be working with Maxis on the TechCity initiative to successfully create 5G solutions that can be replicated in global markets,” said Michael Yuan, Huawei Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia.