Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1) has been appointed to the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) Steering Committee which is the decision-making board for the 4G TD-LTE technology global movement.
The GTI Steering Committee consists of representatives from telecommunications operators from around the world. P1 CEO Michael Lai’s appointment to the GTI Steering Committee is alongside Korea Telecom’s Sung Man Kim, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Network Business Group and Dirk Poppen, Managing Director WiMee (an E-Plus company); adding to the existing Steering Committee Members who are: Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of GTI Steering Committee, Jagbir Singh, CTO & Director of Networks, Bharti Airtel, Li Zhengmao, Executive Vice President of China Mobile, Dr. John Saw, Chief Technology Officer of Clearwire, Ted Matsumoto, Chief Strategic Advisor to CEO and Member of Board of Softbank Mobile, and Andy Macleod, Director of VF Network of Vodafone.
Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of the GTI Steering Committee said with P1’s appointment to the GTI Steering Committee, GTI aims to further bring together the leading operators to steer the TD-LTE ecosystem as a major standard in mobile broadband technology and drive early development of next generation mobile broadband networks.
Michael Lai, Chief Executive Officer of P1 said, “Since 2008, P1 has been working tirelessly to shape the 4G broadband industry first with WiMAX. Now, P1 joins the ranks among the highest decision-making board in TD-LTE technology. Thanks to the team at GTI and P1, we will not rest on our laurels as this is just the tip of the iceberg in man to man, man to machine and ultimately machine to machine communications.”
GTI was founded by leading international mobile network operators in February 2011 to meet the demands for growing mobile broadband and explore new opportunities across industry and public segments. The five founding members of GTI are China Mobile, Clearwire in the US, Bharti Airtel from India, Vodafone headquartered in the UK and Softbank in Japan. These countries combined make up more than half of the world’s population.
P1 joined GTI as a member in June 2011. GTI focuses on creating value for stakeholders across the TD-LTE ecosystem to promote the fast development of the technology, promoting the convergence of LTE TDD and FDD modes to maximize the economies of scale, and sharing ecosystem with other TDD technology, e.g. eXtended Global Platform (XGP) to establish a growth focused business environment. The initiative aims to bring together leading industry partners to steer the TD-LTE ecosystem as a major standard in mobile broadband technology & drive the development of next generation mobile broadband networks.