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U Mobile Partners with ZTE for 3G & LTE

U Mobile has partnered with ZTE to expand its 3G coverage in Malaysia. Its 42 Mbps HSPA+ mobile network will soon be expanded to Central, Western and Northern areas of the country by the second half of 2011 for the first phase.

The mobile operator also said that it will deploy a 100 Mbps wireless network for LTE across key cities in Malaysia, but no time line were given.

Press Release below.

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has entered a strategic partnership with Malaysia’s 3G mobile service operator U Mobile Sdn Bhd to deploy a 100 Mbps wireless network across key cities in Malaysia.

The agreement is a two-pronged development which will see U Mobile extending its 42 Mbps mobile network to Central, Western and Northern areas of the country by the second half of 2011 for the first phase. This will be followed by the installation of LTE platforms which can support 100 Mbps across Malaysia in the very near future.

To achieve the ultra-high speeds across the entire network, U Mobile and ZTE recently completed a successful pilot run of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, which is known to support 100 Mbps. The readiness of this technology indicates that once the spectrum is made available to connect LTE-enabled devices, access to 100 Mbps network speeds is simply a stone’s throw away – it will then no longer be a far-fetched dream to browse and download large quantities of content from the Internet in mere moments.

The deployment of this high-speed wireless network is part of U Mobile’s efforts to support the Government’s national Economic Transformation Program which aims to improve broadband access across the country.

Dr. Kaizad Heerjee, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile and Mr. Zheng Bang, President of ZTE Corporation, Asia-Pacific, signed the official agreement, which was witnessed by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim, Minister of Information, Communication and Culture of Malaysia and H.E. Mr. Chai Xi, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia.

Mr. Zheng Bang President of Asia-Pacific region of ZTE Corporation, said: “Malaysia is an important market for ZTE in the Asia-Pacific region. ZTE is committed to working with U Mobile to offer the fastest-speed mobile broadband service in Malaysia and to showcase U Mobile via our state-of-the-art technology and solutions.”

“We are very pleased to have ZTE as our strategic partner to enhance and extend our 3G high speed network from the Central Region to other major cities and areas across Malaysia,” said Dr. Kaizad Heerjee, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile.

He added: “Together with ZTE, we aim to deliver the benefits of the highest speed mobile broadband service to our customers. The introduction of this mobile broadband network is a strategic impetus to our ambition of becoming a major player in Malaysia’s fast-growing mobile data market.”

With this service, U Mobile subscribers will soon enjoy and experience ease of files transfer and streaming of high quality video to mobile devices and laptop, among others with fastest broadband service at highly affordable rates.

 

P.s: A little bird told Malaysian Wireless that ZTE won the contract because U Mobile couldn’t afford Ericsson

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