QSB, Celcom to develop digital innovation in Sabah

  • Enables both parties to rollout Smart Sabah Initiatives
  • To advance digital innovation by harnessing 5G connectivity

MoU document exchange between Ahmad Rizal, QSB group chief executive officer (3rd rom left) and Afizulazha Abdullah, chief operating officer, Celcom Axiata, (3rd from right) witnessed by chairman of QSB, Panglima Salleh (centre) together with senior personnel from QSB Group and CelcomSabah is one step closer in harnessing the latest digital innovation and solutions for the provision of government services thanks to Qhazanah Sabah Bhd (QSB) and Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom).

In a statement, the state government investment arm said it is teaming up with Celcom to advance digital innovation and solutions by harnessing 5G connectivity in Sabah

QSB group chief executive officer Ahmad Rizal Dahli said the collaboration would enable both firms to jointly plan for the rollout of the Smart Sabah Initiative which focuses on the implementation of digital programmes, in line with the state government’s Sabah Maju Jaya development masterplan.

The proposed collaboration will also see the development of smart solutions encompassing the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the areas of e-government, public safety and security, e-learning and digital economy, he added.

This is set to contribute positively to the people by creating employment opportunities, he said.  

Additionally, Ahmad Rizal said the MoU would pave the way in establishing Sabah as the region’s smart-sustainable city model of the 21st century.

Fulfilling its role as the catalyst for new areas of growth, he explained QSB would focus on developing digital infrastructure, which is the backbone to facilitate the digital economy.

“With our group’s solid footing and vast experience in developing the digital infrastructure in the state as well as support system for telecommunications facilities, we anticipate that the collaboration with Celcom will enhance our group’s capabilities in playing our role as the state’s investment company to benefit the Government and the people,” Ahmad Rizal said.

Meanwhile, Afizulazha Abdullah, chief operating officer and chief enterprise business officer of Celcom Axiata, said, “We are confident the collaboration will boost capacity building from both sides, particularly on the knowledge transfer in the usage of high-end technology digital application.

“This collaboration will also provide us opportunities in bringing innovative products and services to Sabah’s vast and unique communities,” said Afizulazha.


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