Monday, June 5, 2023

Maxis upgrades Core Transmission Network to 100G

Maxis has upgraded its core transmission network to cope with increased data traffic. The mobile operator has choosen Alcatel-Lucent’s 100 gigabit per second (100G) optical coherent network solution.

[(L to R) Mark Dioguardi, Chief Technology Officer of Maxis, & Mohd Fazlin Shah Bin Mohd Salleh, President & Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia]

Maxis currently has 5,000 3G sites across East and West Malaysia, covering over 80% of the population in Malaysia.

Alcatel-Lucent early this year paid US$137 million in fines and penalties to settle US charges it paid bribes to win contracts in Latin America and Asia, including Malaysia. An ex-employee of Alcatel was charged last month in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court with allegedly bribing Telekom Malaysia (TM) assistant manager Mohd Asri Idris for RM25,000 in 2006.

Maxis did not reveal the financial details of the network upgrade.

Press Release below.

Maxis Berhad, the country’s leading integrated communications service provider, with Alcatel-Lucent as a strategic supplier, has undertaken a major transformation of Maxis’ core transmission network. By deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s 100 gigabit per second (100G) optical coherent network solution, Maxis is able to cope with increased data traffic, simplify its network, and reduce costs while providing higher efficiency and robustness. This allows Maxis customers to continue to enjoy superior fixed and mobile internet service. Maxis’ optical backbone network is the first 100G single carrier with optical coherent technology system commercially deployed in Asia-Pacific.

Maxis operates its optical fibre network, covering over 10,000 km of fibre infrastructure, within Peninsular Malaysia with part of the fibre infrastructure delivered through collaborative sharing and swapping.

Leveraging on Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G optical coherent network solution, Maxis will be able to address the growing bandwidth requirements and data usage driven by smartphones, tablets, modems and fiber-to-the-premises services, whilst also providing high-speed connectivity and automatic restoration capabilities to enterprises for their data centres and services such as cloud computing and machine-to-machine communications (M2M). Furthermore, the new optical network will enable Maxis to provision services faster and shorten the time to market for new services requiring higher capacities and reliability.

“Maxis’ growth and track record have been supported by a strong commitment to bringing innovation, and transforming our architecture to address the challenges of capacity, network protection and quick provisioning,” said Mark Dioguardi, Maxis’ Chief Technology Officer. “The deployment of this optical network solution transforms our core transmission network; much like upgrading from a normal trunk road to a super highway, allowing users to enjoy faster and seamless high capacity connectivity within Peninsular Malaysia.”

“Maxis remains committed to providing our customers with the best in network experience. We currently have the largest and fastest combined high speed fixed and wireless footprint to service the growing demand for data and broadband services across the country and we were also the first service provider to surpass 5,000 3G sites across East and West Malaysia, enabling the delivery of high-speed wireless broadband and mobile data capabilities to over 80% of the Malaysian population. Additionally, Maxis was the first to conduct trials for Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology successfully,” Mark added.

Commenting on the partnership with Maxis, Rajeev Singh-Molares, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Asia-Pacific, said, “Our 100G optical solution gives Maxis a new architecture that will drastically reduce its cost of reliably transporting high volumes of traffic while providing a powerful platform to launch and support innovative new services.”

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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