Malaysia mobile operator Celcom Axiata demonstrated the roaming capabilities of its Celcom 4G LTE service in Singapore recently.
The demonstration was conducted at CommunicAsia 2013, Asia’s largest communication technology event, by Suresh Sidhu, Chief Corporate and Operations Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad. It was done in the presence of Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysia’s Minister of Communication and Multimedia; Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC); and government ministers from Brunei, Myanmar, and Singapore.
The 4G LTE demonstration was conducted in partnership with M1, Celcom’s mobile partner network in Singapore and a sister company under the regional Axiata Group.
“Celcom, in partnership with M1, aims to ensure that our customers will soon enjoy seamless and lightning-fast LTE connectivity wherever they roam in Singapore. This demonstration underscores Celcom’s commitment to offer the best LTE experience in and out of Malaysia when the service becomes commercially available soon, and we are in continual development while working closely with our respective international mobile partners in preparation for this,” said Suresh.
Celcom is aiming to have in place 1,200 LTE sites covering 33 strategic districts nationwide by February 2014, spending RM420 million and RM800 million of its CAPEX and OPEX budgets respectively to enhance its nationwide network for LTE deployment.
The mobile operator aims to cover 10% of the population by the end of Q3 2013 with a further target to reach 30% of the population by February 2014.
Currently, trial coverage can be found at customer hotspots nationwide with an initial focus on the Klang Valley, Johor and Penang, growing outwards to Ipoh, Malacca, Langkawi, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuching, and Kota Bharu soon after. The company is currently conducting LTE consumer trials since April via USB dongles and selected mobile internet subscribers in the Klang Valley.
Celcom is expected to launch commercial LTE service offerings and packages in the third quarter of 2013.