Photo - (From left) Jason Lo, CEO of Tune Talk; Dr Mazlan Ismail, COO of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC); Dr Fathul Bari, representative of Ministry of Communications and Multimedia; and SWAG team and Malaysian representatives.
Malaysian mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Tune Talk said it is launching a revolutionary service, which will unify any and all emerging spectrums to create a singular point-to-point broadband connectivity OTA (Over the Air), offering 8G connectivity speeds.
During the announcement (24 February 2016) and unveiling of the Tune Talk 8 device at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Tune Talk's chief executive officer Jason Lo said Malaysia will be the first country in the world to experience this optimal usage of bandwidth of various mediums, as opposed to the current market model, which is fractured by service provider and not by bandwidth availability.
Expected in the third quarter of this year, the service requires absolutely zero expenditure on infrastructure, said Lo
The event was witnessed by Dr Mazlan Ismail, chief operating officer of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (national regulator MCMC), and Dr Fathul Bari, representative of Malaysia's Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.
Commenting on this announcement, Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Said Keruak, minister of Communications and Multimedia, said: "This is a proud moment for the country as this brilliant innovation was conceived by a local company. Malaysia is the first country in the world that will have such service, paving the way for a better global telecommunications industry, taking the lead and becoming the best example for every service provider to follow."
"As this ground-breaking technology was developed in Malaysia, we are delighted to be the first country in the world to merge mobile spectrum across operators. With the combined speeds and robustness of multiple networks, we can further our reach to meet the demands in the rural areas, complementing the current available network, which will totally change the communications and multimedia landscape in the country," he said.
"Soon this will lead to the equality of data consumption between users in different demographics as well as accelerate the telecommunication development in rural areas which leads to providing a better broadband speed at an affordable price to the people. When this is achieved, we can finally focus on the numerous applications of this technology from not only providing fibre speeds to our rural areas but to also enabling the data-hungry services of tomorrow, and beyond," added the minister.
MCMC's Dr Mazlan, said, "At the end of the day, what we look for is something that will be beneficial to the people. By launching such ground-breaking service, the people can finally take full advantage of all available spectrum, driving the country to be at the forefront of the digital age. We applaud and support any effort that can further elevate and develop the communications and multimedia industry in the country."
"Our 'Tune Talk 8G' device brings a new class of approaching a common issue," added Tune Talk's Lo. "The result of this effort is by far the fastest, most reliable and most ubiquitous mobile data connectivity without requiring any infrastructure upgrades. Be it in single- or multi-user scenarios, Tune Talk 8G will deliver the best possible mobile connectivity and security for enterprise users, first responders and everyday users, urban or otherwise."
"The 8G speed shall lead to new applications ranging from offering boundless Internet access to people on the go, to offering more reliable, more secure and dependable Internet for first responders or critical enterprise use, to significantly enhancing the offerings in underserved and rural areas. This introduction will forever change the mobile landscape in Malaysia and Tune Talk is proud to play a part in leading the way together with our partnership with our enabler, SWAG" he said.
Merging mobile spectrum
Raphael Mannadiar, chief executive officer of Malaysia-based SWAG (Super Wi-Fi Anywhere you Go), which developed the technology, said: "The basis for this service is the WR1 by SWAG, which merges mobile spectrum across multiple network operators into a single mobile Wi-Fi hotspot to revolutionise the way in which we use and experience mobile internet."
"By fully using multiple available networks simultaneously, users will be able to enjoy data speeds and connection robustness at multiples of current service providers," said Mannadiar.
A Tune Talk company statement said it has measured stable stationary and drive test speeds of up to 160 mbps as well as recorded average speeds of 66 mbps during high-usage, peak-congestion.
"While it is not intended as a substitute to fibre, this ground-breaking service can easily and seamlessly do so in areas where fibre facilities are not available," said Mannadiar.
Launched in 2009, Tune Talk is a JV between Tony Fernandes's (Founder, AirAsia) Tune Group and Celcom Axiata, which provides mobile prepaid services to almost 2 million subscribers.
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