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First in Malaysia to sign 'pre-5G' agreement, says U Mobile

AvantiKumar | Aug. 12, 2015
U Mobile signs with ZTE to drive the development of pre-5G technologies, an intermediate stage between 4G and 5G, which can offer up to 20Gbps download speeds.

U Mobile pre-5G 

Photo - (Front row, Left) Too Tian Jen, Chief Technology Officer, U Mobile; and (right) Steven Ge, Managing Director, ZTE officiating the MOU signing ceremony, witnessed by (background, from furthest right to left) Wong Heang Tuck, CEO of U Mobile; Zhang Renjun , ZTE Senior Vice President; Kenneth Chang, Director, U Mobile.


A recent agreement signed with Chinese telecommunications solutions firm ZTE Corporation (ZTE) means that U Mobile is the first telco in Malaysia to enter a 'Pre-5G' agreement, said the local mobile communications firn.

Under the partnership, signed by U Mobile's chief technology officer Too Tian Jen and ZTE Malaysia's managing director Steven Ge,  U Mobile and ZTE will drive development of 5G mobile network technologies in Malaysia,

U Mobile's Too said 'pre-5G is an intermediate level between 4G and 5G.' The technology has the potential to offer speeds up to 10 times faster as compared to a 4G LTE network.  It will be available earlier than 5G and is able to deliver a near 5G user experience.

"U Mobile is constantly exploring new technology that will provide best in class users experience to our customers," he added. "We see 5G technology as the technology that would support the ever increasing communication needs of the future. The collaboration with ZTE will also support our government's vision of being a Smart Digital Nation by 2020."

As 70 percent of U Mobile subscribers are smartphone users, the telecom is data-centric, said Too, adding that a recent consumer behaviour study showed the Malaysian public spent an average of 3 hours and 39 minutes browsing the Internet for work, information, browsing and entertainment, which is ranked the highest in the Southeast Asia region.

Following the signing ceremony, the management from U Mobile and ZTE visited ZTE's R&D centre to view pre-5G testing using the 2.6 MHZ frequency.

He said U Mobile's pre-5G research was currently at an early standardisation stage and had the capability of peaking download speeds at up to 20Gbps, 20 times faster than LTE-Advanced of 1Gbps. It will allows users to download a High-Definition (HD) movie in seconds as compared to minutes needed on a 4G LTE network. When it comes to data capacity, 5G is able to offer up to 1,000 times more capacity compared to 4G.

ZTE Malaysia managing director, Steve Ge, said, "ZTE is delighted to work on 5G technologies with U Mobile, the leader in network innovations in Malaysia. ZTE is making major investments in 5G to lead the industry in the research and standardization of this key technology of the future."


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