Digi contracts ZTE for nationwide RAN modernisation

16 Oct 2020

Malaysian mobile network operator (MNO) Digi Telecommunications has announced a partnership with Chinese vendor ZTE Corporation for its nationwide Radio Access Network (RAN) modernisation. In a press release regarding the matter, the MNO said the deal forms ‘part of [its] continuous efforts to enhance its network capacity and deliver improved user experience, while preparing a future-ready network’.

According to the operator, the modernisation initiative will see ZTE progressively renew Digi’s network sites across Malaysia with the latest 5G technology over the next few years, with the upgrade designed to support higher throughput and lower latency, to meet customers’ growing demand for higher data speeds. Further, it has been claimed the work will improve Digi’s network efficiency, with equipment that has higher processing capabilities and that supports new features such as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, multi Carrier Aggregation, higher order MIMO, and Cellular Internet of Things (C-IoT), catering for future readiness and the eventual adoption of 5G technologies.

Digi’s Chief Technology Officer, Kesavan Sivabalan, said of the matter: ‘We believe the use of modernised technology with the latest radio access solutions will deliver overall efficient network, with the speed, efficiency, and agility critical for our continuous day-to-day operations. This initiative will also give us a future-ready 5G network able to provide new and innovative services, and the significantly improved quality of experience.’

Malaysia, Digi Telecommunications