PHOTO - TM executive director and group chief financial officer, Datuk Bazlan Osman
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 JUNE 2011 - Malaysian mobile communications firm Celcom Axiata (Celcom) will have access to last-mile and end-user premises as a result of a wholesale agreement with local telecommunications provider Telekom Malaysia (TM). TM will provide high speed broadband (HSBB) services to Celcom.
Celcom chief executive officer Dato' Sri Shazalli Ramly said TM's national HSBB services will allow it to offer fixed and mobile solutions to end-users. "[This] represents a leap forward in Celcom's extension of its leadership in the mobile space and nomadic space into the home sphere. Our motto 'This Is Celcom Territory' throughout Malaysia reinforces our extensive network coverage and reaffirms our position to meet the communication needs of the Malaysian consumer throughout their daily life."
"Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly and the paradigm of fixed versus mobile access is becomingly increasingly irrelevant," said Shazalli. "We are pleased to be working together with TM to move one step closer to giving our consumers what they want, in the best possible format, on any device, whenever and wherever they maybe."
TM executive director and group chief financial officer Datuk Bazlan Osman said the HSBB (Access) service offered by TM is open to all Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission-licensed service providers who wish to offer IP-based services and applications to end-users. "As we said at the start of the HSBB project in late 2008, we are keeping our promise of open access to all MCMC-licensed service providers."
"HSBB (Access) service offers a new world of opportunities and a platform that supports nation-building, given its potential to raise online engagement in the knowledge economy to the next level to benefit Malaysian end-users -- that is why we encourage as many partners as possible to come on board," said Bazlan.
TM has to date built more than 855,000 premises passed and this will eventually lead to 1.3 million premises by the end of 2012. This coverage is in accordance with the completion of the first phase of the Public Private Partnership signed in September 2008 between TM and the Government of Malaysia. The national HSBB project is aimed at developing next generation high speed broadband infrastructure and services for the nation.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.