Chinese hardware vendor ZTE has announced the deployment of Multi-Service Access Nodes (MSAN) at more than 400 sites under a contract with Malaysian fixed line incumbent Telekom Malaysia™. As part of TM’s High Speed Broadband (HSBB) project, ZTE is providing the telco with its MSG5200 equipment, which provides integrated access of narrowband and broadband services to accommodate the distinct service access requirements of different users. Commenting on the tie-up between the two companies, Jane Chen, senior vice president of ZTE, said: ‘Our MSAN equipment will enable Telekom Malaysia to meet its growing broadband market needs while maximising its ROI to achieve the best business results while propelling the country’s communications infrastructure forward.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TM was officially awarded the contract for the HSBB project by the government in August 2008, with the official signing taking place the following month. The venture aims to connect around 2.2 million homes in main cities to a newly constructed fibre-optic network by 2012, using fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technologies deployed, initially in the Klang Valley and the state capitals. Commercial services on the new infrastructure were officially inaugurated in March 2010.