Malaysian telco Maxis Communications has announced that it has selected Chinese vendor Huawei to act as the exclusive supplier for its next generation high speed internet infrastructure, under a deal which includes the construction and management of a full service FTTx network using GPON technology. The partnership between the two companies was formally made on 19 August, with Huawei agreeing to deliver an end-to-end turnkey services package that comprises active and passive equipment, holistic ODN (Optical Distribution Network) network designs and construction management. Once completed, the project will see homes in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru connected on a last mile basis via fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), with Huawei managing the FTTH network for a three-year period. Commenting on the development, Maxis’ chief operating officer Jean-Pascal van Overbeke noted: ‘This continues Maxis’ commitment to having the best network in the country, in order to deliver next generation services which will grow the quality of life. The ‘Next Generation High-Speed Internet’ network is part of Maxis’ commitment to providing over twelve million customers with the richer experience, and is integral to delivering an array of products and services which will reach into the areas of commerce, education, health, entertainment and so much more.’
Maxis expects to start offering commercial services over the new infrastructure in the Klang Valley ‘soon’, and has opened registration for those customers interested in signing up for such services.