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Tech groups join hands to boost Malaysia 4G network

Posted: 13 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Malaysia 4G? WiMAX? mobile Internet?

YTL Communications Sdn Bhd has led the formation of the 4G Innovation Network in Malaysia, with the help of technology industry players Cisco, Clearwire, GCT Semiconductor and Samsung.

To inspire the developers who take part in the 4G Innovation Network to create exciting new products and services that address consumers' needs, YTL Communications will sponsor a global competitionthe mY Prizein 2010. A total of $1 million will be awarded to help entrepreneurs and innovators realize their best ideas and then offer them to consumers on a nationwide level. More details will be announced by January.

"YTL Communications is proud to take a leadership role amidst this prestigious group and equally as proud of Malaysia for having what it takes to attract interest and commitment from top players in technology," said YTL group managing director Tan Sri Dato Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, CBE, FICE. "Together, we will help to advance the country's mission to become a truly innovation-led economy as well as YTL's mission to provide affordable, world-class quality products and services that improve the way people in Malaysia learn, work and play."

YTL CEO Wing Lee added, "The Innovation Network will facilitate the development of applications and devices that will take advantage of 4G mobile Internet and which will give people in Malaysia a truly connected lifestyle and new levels of communication freedom."

The 4G Innovation Network is being established to facilitate the deployment of YTL's nationwide 4G service in Malaysia that will offer a high-fidelity Internet experience to people across the country by the end of 2010. To achieve this, YTL's 4G Innovation Network in Malaysia will be linked with Clear's Innovation Network in Silicon Valley to facilitate a free flow of ideas and information across borders. Importantly, developers worldwide will have the chance to commercialize their work on a national scale in Malaysia.

"YTL's 4G Innovation Network in Malaysia will expand the 4G ecosystem by linking Malaysian and other Asian developers directly with some of the world's most creative minds in Silicon Valley, in order to share ideas while testing services designed to enhance the 4G mobile Internet experience," said Ali Tabassi, senior VP, global ecosystem and standards for Clearwire. "Fostering development of the first generation of true mobile broadband services helps to fulfill our goals of changing the way people access the Internet and providing new opportunities for mobile applications."

"This network is truly transformationalone of the first in the world to offer converged services over a wireless network. We expect that it will help drive competitiveness for Malaysia; as we have consistently seen that those countries that use technology strategically are the countries that lead economically, socially and environmentally," said Wim Elfrink, chief globalization officer and executive VP, Cisco. "Cisco's leadership in this effort highlights our continued commitment to innovate and provide new business models to cater to the diverse needs of our customers worldwide."

"We expect that the 4G Innovation Network in Malaysia will take a leading role in developing and expanding WiMAX all over Asia Pacific," said Woonsub Kim, executive VP and head of the telecommunication systems division, Samsung. "By bringing the technical know-how it has accumulated through numerous commercial WiMAX businesses, Samsung will contribute to the successful establishment of the Malaysian 4G Innovation Network."

"We look forward to bringing our expertise to the 4G Innovation Network and empowering YTL to further advance its 4G wireless services in Malaysia," said Kyeongho Lee, CEO of GCT. "We believe this partnership will offer an excellent platform to share ideas and accelerate 4G application development and the launch of innovative device and terminal products."

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