O&G Player Straits Energy Appoints Former DNB Man To Drive Its 5G Foray

Malaysia’s leading oil bunkering player, ACE Market-listed Straits Energy Resources Bhd, has further cemented its entry into the 5G landscape with the appointment of telecommunications specialist Mr. Sunny Ho Khin Choy to lead its indirect subsidiary Straits CommNet Solutions Sdn Bhd.

Mr. Sunny Ho, who has led various key sections in Digital Nasional Berhad, Axiata’s Edotco, Nokia Malaysia and Ascom, among others, will spearhead Straits’ push into the 5G-driven digital space and Internet of Things (“IoT”) transformation of the regional oil and gas (“O&G”) industry.

Mr. Sunny Ho will drive Straits CommNet to explore the vast wireless network communication and infrastructure business opportunities in the 4G and 5G rollout of Malaysia and regionally, further expanding the Group’s business exposure and revenue stream.

His appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of Straits CommNet effective 3rd February 2022is announced less than three months after Straits’ joined hands with Texas-based Baicells Technologies Co. Ltd, which provides innovative 4G Long-Term Evolution (“LTE”) and 5G New Radio (“NR”) access solutions in its first collaboration initiative.

With 30 years of accomplishments in the telecommunication and digital transformation space, Mr. Sunny Ho has a proven track record in regional sales, business startups, and turnaround, project management as well as marketing and product branding, especially in the mobile, wireless, and connectivity industry. His rich experience will be a great asset to Straits, which has already fast-tracked its recovery post-COVID19 pandemic.

Mr. Sunny Ho’s last posting prior to joining Straits CommNet was in Digital Nasional Berhad (“DNB”), a Malaysian government-owned entity mandated to deploy 5G network and infrastructure across the country. He was responsible for product planning and execution and ensuring that the products support all DNB’s business strategies and goals. Mr. Sunny Ho holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Telecommunication and Computer Engineering from the University of Louisiana, United States.

On 16 November 2021, Straits entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Baicells Technologies to collaborate and drive the growing wireless network communication business opportunities of the 4G and 5G rollout and the digital transformation of the O&G industry through the IoT in Malaysia and regionally.

Baicells Technologies’ vision of “Connect the Unconnected” has led to the establishment of offices across five of the seven continents and the development of 300 patents since its inception in 2014. Baicells Technologies currently boast over 700 private LTE networks across the world, with a large percentage of those trusted networks operating within North America.

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