Malaysian mobile network operator (MNO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese vendor ZTE with a view to accelerating its deployment of 5G technology. In a press release ZTE claimed that the partnership will see both parties collaborating on various 5G related developments, including ‘Live testing’, 5G showcases and the implementation of Massive MIMO technology.
U Mobile CEO Wong Heang Tuck said of the development: ‘U Mobile is delighted to partner with ZTE to accelerate 5G in Malaysia. We have a long standing working relationship with ZTE and it is a logical next step for us to collaborate on initiatives related to 5G … In the near future, we will be working closely with ZTE to conduct live tests in select areas in [Kuala Lumpur], so Malaysians may experience the firsthand power of 5G.’ Meanwhile, Woon Ooi Yuen, U Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer, added: ‘In recent months, we have been aggressively expanding our own 4G LTE networks all across West and East Malaysia. Concurrently, we are also plotting our journey towards 5G. As part of our 5G roadmap, we will be implementing Massive MIMO in certain areas in [Kuala Lumpur] to further enhance customer experience by leveraging the wider bandwidths. We are delighted to be working with ZTE to support us in our 5G deployment goals.’