Ericsson to upgrade Malaysia with 5G Advanced

Ericsson to upgrade Malaysia with 5G Advanced

Ericsson revealed it will upgrade Malaysia’s 5G network to 5G Advanced, a move the vendor claimed will open new features and capabilities to attract adoption from enterprises. 

The Swedish vendor signed a MoU with Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), Malaysia’s special purpose vehicle company that is tasked with managing a singular shared 5G network shared by all operators. 

The upgrade will be done through enhancements to the RAN paired with AI technology to “build a high-performing network while optimising user experience.”

The companies will collaborate for use cases that use end-to-end network slicing, and deploy high reliability and low latency features for public events such as live video broadcasting, industrial surveillance and industrial automation applications. Ericsson said the 5G network will see a world first by trialling 3GPP R18 software.

Another focus for the partners is encouraging SMEs to adopt 5G use cases and accelerate Malaysia's digital economy. 

David Hägerbro, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh said: ”The next phase of 5G capabilities will allow businesses of all types to reap the benefits of enhanced mobility, flexibility, reliability and security.”

Nasution Mohamed, Chief Operating Officer of DNB added: ”DNB has successfully accelerated the 5G deployment to cover 80% coverage of populated areas by the end of 2023. We will continue to work with our strategic partner, Ericsson to upgrade DNB’s world-class 5G network with the latest technology as standardised by global standard 3GPP.”

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