Celcom Axiata, Telekom Malaysia and Packet One Networks (P1) have announced the signing of a series of agreements, with three core deals being related to TM Next-Gen Backhaul (NGBH), High Speed Broadband (HSBB) (Access) and domestic roaming services. The agreements are designed to ‘further leverage on each other’s existing infrastructure – towards enhancing and developing a greater internet experience for their respective customers’.
Among the deals, Celcom and TM have reportedly inked a ‘landmark’ infrastructure collaboration pact, expected to extend their existing partnership which will progress to the next phase of backhaul services provision. Aside from the NGBH services deal extension, Celcom also signed an agreement for domestic roaming service provision with P1.
Meanwhile, with Celcom and TM having previously established a partnership in 2011, the updated deal between the pair will reportedly accelerate the ‘fiberisation rollout’ of the former’s 4G network through TM’s provision of an extensive and robust backhaul with high bandwidth capacity. The development is said to be part of Celcom’s ongoing efforts in the continuing deployment of LTE nationwide. In addition, within the collaborative arrangement there will also be an extension of the agreement for Celcom’s access to TM’s HSBB network, enabling the cellco to offer fixed broadband services to both the residential and business sectors.
Another of the significant deals is Celcom’s extension of its mobile domestic roaming services to TM Group. Calling this ‘a big step for the industry players in displaying the true essence of working together for the benefit of majority Malaysians’, the companies note that the infrastructure collaboration signifies a unionised objective between Celcom and TM, as the alliance will facilitate a faster pace towards becoming converged players.