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Celcom Partners Broadcast Australia for the Digital TV Infra Project

Celcom is partnering Broadcast Australia to bid for the nationwide digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DTTB) project in Malaysia.

[Farid Yunus, Chief Strategy and Business Transformation Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad (far left) sealing the partnership with a firm hand shake with Brett Savill, Director, Strategy and Corporate Development of Broadcast Australia (second from left). Witnessing this momentous occasion are Dato’ Joseph Salang, Deputy Minister of Information Communications and Culture (second from right) and Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad (far right)]

An agreement signed yesterday sees Celcom and Broadcast Australia forming a partnership that will bid for the design, construction and long term operation of the digital television infrastructure project. Together the companies will use their local knowledge of sites, local construction expertise, project management, design and operational expertise and planning as well as experience in satellite and terrestrial fibre distribution systems for the implementation of this project.

The consortium it  will invest some RM500mil over the next 3-5 years. It will bid for the tender that is expected to be announced by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) soon.

Celcom will build the network while Broadcast Australia will focus on content. MalaysianWireless was told that DTTB will use T2 technology.

Malaysia is scheduled to migrate from analogue to digital by 2015.

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