Photo - (From left) Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of U Mobile; Too Tian Jen, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of U Mobile; Hadi Helmi Sooria, Country Manager of edotco Malaysia; and James Maclaurin, Group CEO of edotco.
Malaysian telecom U Mobile will collaborate over a 10-year period with Southeast Asian communications infrastructure provider edotco to speed up network roll out to enhance customer experience in Malaysia, said the partners.
During the signing in Kuala Lumpur, U Mobile chief executive officer Wong Heang Tuck said the partnership with the regional independent infrastructure provider "will provide timely and cost-effective solutions that will result in wider and stronger network coverage, enabling U Mobile customers to enjoy seamless and greater mobile experience on-the-go."
"This partnership is also in line with U Mobile's strategy to enhance its network quality and coverage, enabling U Mobile to grow and develop rapidly as a household brand," said Wong. "edotco's expertise in network infrastructure will contribute greatly to this strategy. We certainly look forward to more collaboration in the future."
Under the agreement, edotco will lease tower site space and provide power and site maintenance for the sites. This will allow U Mobile to expand into more territories across Malaysia.
"The 10-year partnership affirms edotco's drive to encourage network sharing and push to reduce parallel capacity and overall environmental impact of tower infrastructures within the nation," said edotco Group CEO James Maclaurin ."With the industry's support, edotco will move ahead to drive initiatives such as energy management technologies and innovative engineering to realise improved operational and cost efficiencies and better serve our customers."
U Mobile's Wong said that network sharing and leasing will result in greater efficiency to U Mobile and help to provide connectivity to the public, without having to build new towers and sites.
He added that this plan also reduced the company's capex [capital expenditure] and opex [operating expenditure], and would allow for more investment into developing product offerings for consumers in Malaysia.
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