Telekom Malaysia and U Mobile ink ‘collaborative’ backhaul deal

28 May 2015

Telekom Malaysia will reportedly provide fibre mobile backhaul connectivity that covers Central, Southern, Eastern & Northern Malaysia to local mobile network operator U Mobile, the latter has announced. The cellco has confirmed it will utilise TM’s ‘Next Gen Backhaul’ (‘NGBH’) services as part of its ‘continuous commitment to achieve network excellence for superior customer experience’, with the deal scheduled to run for nine years. By leasing wholesale bandwidth services and leveraging on TM’s strength on its nationwide fibre coverage and resilient network platform, U Mobile has said it expects to be able to gain quick access to fibre infrastructure to support its future network capacity demands in order to deliver affordable and high-quality internet connectivity to more Malaysians.

Under the terms of what U Mobile referred to as a ‘collaborative deal’, TM will provide fibre mobile backhaul connectivity via its NGBH service of up to 1Gbps per site that covers Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern regions of the country. NGBH is a fiberised point-to-point backhaul connectivity network that is specifically optimised to support LTE deployments in providing high speed internet experience, excellent voice and video quality through its high bandwidth capacity and reliable low latency. This collaboration will facilitate ramping up of U Mobile’s capacity, allowing the mobile operator to accelerate its 4G rollout nationwide.

Commenting on the development, Too Tian Jen, chief technology officer at U Mobile, was cited as saying: ‘As a data centric telco we have introduced many market defining products that are aligned with the mobile Internet trends to our consumers in the past few years. We hold customer’s satisfaction close to our heart, and that needs to be supported by a robust network infrastructure. We will continue to invest in our network to ensure our customers enjoy the best user experience in the market. We are glad to partner with TM as their technologies are able to support our network capacity demand.’

Malaysia, Telekom Malaysia, U Mobile (Malaysia)