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Huawei, Maju Nusa deliver ‘first of its own kind’ enhanced connectivity to remote corners of Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Sept. 19, 2014
Multi Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN) has been deployed at more than 127 sites across Malaysia under an MCMC programme.

Desmond Looh (file) modified 

Photo - Desmond Looh, Executive Director, Maju Nusa Sdn Bhd

 

China's ICT solutions provider Huawei, working through its Malaysian IP telecommunications solutions partner Maju Nusa, has deployed Multi Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN) mobile network sharing system across more than 127 sites across the Malaysia.

This move, which is a national project under TIME 3 Universal Service Provision programme started by the regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), will help to bring better connectivity to remote corners of the country, said the partners.

Maju Nusa's executive director, Desmond Looh said:  "We are proud to be part of TIME 3 project and are thankful to MCMC for showing trust in our capabilities."

Looh said that TIME 3 Universal Service Provision (USP) project was part of the National Broadband Initiatives introduced by the Malaysian Government and MCMC to bridge the "digital divide". "It is a cellular coverage expansion initiative that was introduced to increase the geographical coverage of cellular services nationwide."

In 2013, MCMC awarded the deployment at more than 40 percent of the sites under the TIME 3 USP project, to Maju Nusa, he said, adding that Maju Nusa selected Huawei's Multi Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN) wireless solution to help deliver the 2G and3G cellular services to the targetted USP areas.  In addition, Maju Nusa has also used the best-in-class VSAT (very small aperture terminal) system as the transmission backhaul solution for all these sites, as they are located in very distant and remote rural fields in Malaysia.

Looh said the MORAN network was undoubtedly the first of its own kind in the world to provide a complete series of Radio Access Network sharing equipment for multi operators. "It allows each cellular operator to separately configure cell-specific service management and thus offers cellular services to end users via the shared Radio Access Network based on its owned licensed spectrum frequency."

"The project was a challenging one, and we are glad to have delivered on the ultimate objective of the project, which was that remote households are able to make calls and use other cellular services without changing their phone connections," said Looh, adding that as of today, Maju Nusa has delivered more than 95 percent of the total sites, which now carry live voice traffic for the three major mobile operators in Malaysia: Maxis, Celcom and DiGi.

"New users are now free to choose from an increased number of cellular operators as three mobile operators deliver services at each site. Huawei has contributed significantly towards the project deployment and we are happy to work with them," he said.

 

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