Malaysian communications providers Celcom Axiata, Digi Telecommunications and Maxis have concluded a definitive agreement to jointly develop and share fibre infrastructure, The Edge Markets reports. In February 2020 the trio signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore joint fibre infrastructure development ‘to efficiently deploy fibre backhaul and rollout fibre to base stations in the country’. Now, a final deal has reportedly been reached, with the companies claiming that this agreement will provide for faster and more efficient deployment of fibre backhaul to base stations and avoid duplication of fibre infrastructure in the country. Meanwhile, the operators are said to have suggested their collaboration – which is reportedly effective for 20 years – will enable the improved widespread of 4G connectivity and increase Malaysia’s fibre infrastructure in line with ambitions under the state’s Jalinan Digital Negara Plan (JENDELA). Planning is understood to be well underway for joint build and swapping arrangements that are expected to take place on the back of the agreement.
Commenting on the matter, Celcom CEO Idham Nawawi was cited as saying: ‘Celcom’s partnership with Maxis and Digi, who are also major telco players in the country, will result in greater cost efficiencies for network infrastructure rollouts and services nationwide, supporting the ever-increasing traffic demand.’ Maxis’ chief executive, Gokhan Ogut, added: ‘We are pleased to see our collaboration progressing to the next level as it supports our collective ambition to provide fibre connectivity that is robust, pervasive, of high quality and affordable for all Malaysians. Infrastructure sharing is key to achieving this and enabling better efficiencies especially in narrowing the digital gap and generating a constructive environment for new technologies such as 5G.’