CelcomDigi nears halfway mark in nationwide network integration, modernisation programme – Digital News Asia

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  • Modernised over 7,200 sites as at end April 2024
  • By end June, CelcomDigi expects to have exceeded the 50% completion mark in 4 states

CelcomDigi nears halfway mark in nationwide network integration, modernisation programme

CelcomDigi Berhad has completed 44% of its nationwide network integration and modernisation (NIM) programme, ahead of schedule in its three-year post-merger transformation journey. 

In a statement, the telecommunications firm said it has modernised over 7,200 sites as at end April 2024, enabling customers in post-consolidation areas to now enjoy improved download speeds by between 20% to 26% and better signal strength by between 13% to 16%. The company anticipates that by end June, one year after the start of the NIM programme – it will have passed the 50% completion mark in four states, and 60% in three states, including completing the exercise in Penang.

The company launched the full-scale integration and modernisation programme in June 2023, committing an investment of US$842 million (RM4 billion) in capital expenditure to build Malaysia’s leading digital network, with an end state of 18,000 5G-ready sites. 

According to CelcomDigi, this network is built on the highest design standards to provide Malaysians with a superior digital experience – consistent high speeds, reliability, widest coverage, and improved latency, while adhering to the latest global cyber security standards – the optimal infrastructure to lead Malaysian enterprises and consumers into a secure 5G-driven connected future and accelerate enterprise digitalisation and innovation in the country.

To provide end-to-end 4G and 5G connectivity services for customers, the firm has modernised the network with 5G-ready equipment. Currently, 86% of its end-state sites are 5G-ready, with the aim to complete site upgrades in line with the broader nationwide integration efforts. Additionally, these modernised 5G-ready sites are equipped with the latest radio access technology, modernised transport backhaul, and power supply, which will enhance the coverage, capacity, and quality of the network.

The company’s 4G LTE and 4G LTE-Advanced network footprint stands at 96.8% and 92.1% nationwide respectively, in line with its commitment to deliver the widest and fastest 4G network in Malaysia.

The network modernisation efforts also include the ongoing transformation of CelcomDigi’s 5G Core Network to deliver 5.5G (5G-Advanced) functionality and services, such as ultra-reliable and low-latency communications, massive machine-type communications, and enhanced mobile broadband. This transformation enables the company to provide new network services such as Network Slicing, important for mission-critical services that require instant, fast and ultra-high reliability communications, and Private Networks, which are self-contained networks offering full ownership over the network infrastructure and security protocols, customisation and access. These network features are key to driving the future of enterpriseCelcomDigi nears halfway mark in nationwide network integration, modernisation programme business connectivity and growth.

Speaking on the milestone, CelcomDigi CEO Idham Nawawi (pic) said that the integrated and modernised network will be a critical piece in driving CelcomDigi’s ambitions to be a digital growth engine for the nation, supporting the seamless coexistence and evolution of 4G, 5G, and future technologies. 

“This new network is designed to potentially transition seamlessly into a new 5G network with an 18,000-site reach – the right infrastructure to usher Malaysia into the era of ultra-high speeds, low latency, and the opportunities of a more connected future. We are working with strategic partners to trial 5.5G technologies and new use cases for enhanced digital experiences for Malaysian enterprises and consumers,” he added. 

“This is a significant development for us and the industry, and we are excited to lead the way to realise the potential of our shared digital future,” Idham said.

CelcomDigi remains supportive of the Government’s 5G ambitions and is ready to invest in building a leading 5G network for Malaysia, while continuing to drive 5G adoption and digitalisation of Malaysian enterprises and consumers. In the past year, it has launched and is in partnership on multiple 5G enterprise solutions with Petronas, DHL, Langkawi Ports and Sunway Group to name a few, and is also currently working on a smart city development with Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya. 

The company is actively supporting the digitalisation of public sector and enterprises of all sizes through its My5G series of workshops and roadshows nationwide.

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