TM is planning to launch their WiMAX services on the 2.5GHz spectrum if they are given a green light by the Multimedia Communication and Multimedia Commission(MCMC).
TM says they are ready to spend the same amount (RM250million-RM300million) as the current 2.3GHz spectrum owners which is expected by MCMC.
Quoted from The Edge Daily:
“Since we were not able to get the 2.3GHz spectrum, we will be looking at utilising the other spectrum for WiMax purposes.” says TM chief executive Datuk Abdul Wahid Omar.
“At the end of the day, it is about the ability to deploy broadband effectively to the suburban and rural areas,” he added.
“The promise of WiMax is twofold, one is about the network, which is cheap compared to the rest because the reach is very far and you need fewer base stations to cover a larger area.”
“The other area is the commitment made by Intel, who has stated that every notebook from end-2008 would be pre-loaded with a WiMax chip and because we have a prevalence of wide availability of equipment, WiMax is more cost effective,” Wahid said.
Yesterday, Celcom’s Chief executive officer Datuk Seri Shazalli Ramly was quoted saying:
“There is a window of opportunity for us to grab before the WiMax players come in. We have to grab the window as quickly as possible.”
Later today, Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik said “Yes, there is no problem for them (TM) to roll out the WiMAX using the existing 2.5GHz. Just go and talk with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to get enough bandwidth for rolling out the WiMAX via 2.5GHz”
“Now you know why we distribute the WiMAX licences to the small companies… the big fellows, including the TM already have the 2.5GHz. Why you want the 2.3 GHz when you can roll out the WiMAX via 2.5GHz?,” he added.-BTimes