Malaysian mobile operator Celcom says Dilithium Networks has deployed its DTG 2000 multimedia gateway to upgrade the capabilities of its 3G network. Dilithium Networks has installed and integrated the DTG 2000 in Celcom’s network along with the Video Mail Platform developed by Tecnomen’s Next Generation Messaging Platform, enabling the cellco to offer enhanced video services, such as video mail.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Celcom (then known as TM Cellular) received its 3G licence in April 2003 and wasted no time in switching on a trial W-CDMA network in July that year. Whilst it stayed true to its promise of introducing 3G services for handset users in early 2004, its limited launch in January did little more than turn trial users into paying customers. It eventually launched a full commercial UMTS service under the brand name Celcom 3G on 17 May 2005, covering around 25% of the population. It plans to have coverage of all major towns and cities by mid-July 2006. In mid-December 2005 it introduced its first pre-paid 3G service. Celcom had 65,000 3G subscribers at the end of March 2006, and says it is on target to reach 150,000 by year end.