Photo - (From left) Sudarnoto Osman - Chief Executive Officer, Sacofa Sdn Bhd; Mohamed Zaid B. Mohamed Zaini - Managing Director, Sacofa Sdn Bhd; Wong Heang Tuck - Chief Executive Officer, U Mobile Sdn Bhd; and Too Tian Jen - Chief Technology Officer, U Mobile Sdn Bhd.
Malaysian telco U Mobile is to speed up its network expansion in the state of Sarawak following a partnership signing with telecoms solutions provider Sacofa, which has the exclusive rights to construct, own and manage communication infrastructures in the East Malaysian state.
Under the agreement signed recently in Kuching, Sarawak, U Mobile will be able to leverage upon Sacofa's telecoms infrastructure footprint of more than 700 sites state-wide, as well as its bandwidth leasing service to expedite network expansion and to enhance service quality in Sarawak.
As part of the agreement, Sacofa will also deliver built-to suit-sites and provide bandwidth leasing services to U Mobile over a period of 10 years.
During the signing ceremony, U Mobile's chief executive officer Wong Heang Tuck said the partnership was "a major milestone for the telco's expansion plan in Sarawak as the telco will be able to reach more customers in more areas. We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Sacofa to maximise the deployment of shared sites. Through this, U Mobile will have the ability to expedite the expansion of our network footprint and as a data centric telco, we are also delighted to be able to enhance our customers' internet experience, whilst saving operational cost and reducing environmental impact. "
"The partnership is also timely as Sacofa will be a key facilitator for our network expansion using the new 1800MHz and 900MHz frequency spectrum which was allocated to U Mobile by the government early this year," said Wong. "We expect to switch on these frequencies on 1 January 2017 and 1 July 2017 respectively. This tie-up with SACOFA signifies our increasing commitment to East Malaysia."
Sacofa managing director Zaid Zaini said that "Sacofa is well positioned and always ready to serve as an enabler for telecommunication service providers seeking to widen the reach of their mobile and data services."
"Sacofa's current extensive network of towers and fibre optic infrastructure which spans across the entire State of Sarawak, will cut down the rollout time for these service offerings quite considerably which will greatly benefit U Mobile," he said. "We are also confident the significant reduction in speed of deployment and the ensuing cost savings for these services rollouts will further boost competition, resulting in enhanced quality and lower cost of mobile connectivity to the Rakyat (the people)."
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