Celcom, Ericsson bring 5G to Malaysia

Posted on : 19-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: The domestic telecommunications technology is set to evolve into a whole new level after Celcom Axiata Bhd and Ericsson on Thursday conducted the country’s first 5G trial.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari said the 5G technology was crucial – from empowering the local industry across telecommunication, finance and industrial sectors; to government and private sectors – thus becoming the key to achieving the target to become a developed nation by 2020.

“With the recent launch of the premier digital hub of the world’s first Digital Free Trade Zone and Kuala Lumpur Internet City, Malaysia envisions to be the epicentre of South-East Asia’s Internet economy.

“This will drive Malaysia to become one of the world’s largest purpose-built digital hub for technology giants and leading startups from around the globe.
“This is where 5G comes in and plays a key role in ensuring not only efficiency, but also to open a window of opportunity for digital players.

“Ultimately, 5G will be a solid foundation in creating a strong ecosystem to enable innovation,” he said in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Earlier, Celcom chief executive officer Michael Kuehner said Celcom was always committed to developing and continuing the evolution of its network with the latest technologies and to bring the best digital experience to Malaysians.

“5G is very important to Celcom as it will support the development and meet the communication needs of consumers and digitisation of various industries. It is critical that we explore this new generation technology and its capabilities with global partners like Ericsson,” he said.

Meanwhile, Todd Ashton, the president of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, also described the collaboration with Celcom as a further demonstration of Ericsson’s support for Malaysia on its journey towards 5G, following on the success of the Innovation Centre for 5G set up last year with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

“Together with partners like Celcom, we will study and test this new technology to capture the full potential of 5G for consumers, business users and entire industries in the country,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference later, Kuehner said a lot more trials need to be conducted, from the aspect of technicalities, as well as, the ongoing discussion with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on the regulatory aspect.

The full roll-out of the network to consumers in Malaysia was expected between 2020 and 2025, while global consumers could experience it as early as February 2018 during the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.


1,500 SMEs to be listed on AliBaba.com platform

Posted on : 19-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA TERENGGANU: A total of 1,500 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be listed on the AliBaba.com e-commerce platform by year-end, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said the selection of the eligible SMEs, with a diverse product range, would be carried out throughout the country from Oct 1.

The selection process will be conducted by SME Corp Malaysia, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corp and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp, he told reporters after launching the national-level SME Week 2017 from May 4 until May 26 in Kuala Terengganu on Thursday.

He said the AliBaba.com listing would use the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) as its marketing platform.
“We are confident that Alibaba’s investment will be a catalyst to boost the performance of the SMEs in order to penetrate foreign markets,” he said.

Present were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, SME Corp Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Mohamed Al Amin Abdul Majid and SME Corp Malaysia chief executive Datuk Hafsah Hashim.

Meanwhile, Mustapa said the Government was in the final stages of drafting a bill to empower SMEs which was expected to be tabled in Parliament in the coming session.

The bill seeks to develop SMEs more systematically, particularly in data collection, he said. “Data collection is important. We’re giving emphasis on the effort through the Department of Statistics in order to get enough data.”

At the event, Mustapa launched the SME Mobile Hub that serves as a one-stop centre to assist the public in dealing with SME Corp.

Themed “Little by Little, Aim for the Sky”, the annual SME Week is organised by SME Corp since 2012 with the aim of attracting entrepreneurs and the public to participate in and benefit from the support services provided by various agencies.