Celcom deploys Malaysia’s first 5G Live Cluster Field Trial

  • Demonstrate the ability of 5G to support Smart city applications
  • Explore new verticals such as transportation, agriculture, education, security


MCMC chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak (4th left); and Celcom Axiata CEO Idham Nawawi (5th left); with MCMC chief digital officer Gerard Lim (2nd left); and MCMC chief corporate officer Mohd Ali Hanafiah and other technology partners during Celcom’s 5G Live Cluster Field Trial launch

IN A bid to accelerate 5G realisation in Malaysia, Celcom Axiata Bhd deployed the country’s first 5G Live Cluster Field Trial, at the Celcom headquarters, “@celcom”.

The six-month 5G field trial will be conducted at @celcom and within the surrounding areas of Petaling Jaya Sentral, with the objective to test and observe the use cases and behaviour of 5G coverage within real-life environments.

Celcom’s 5G Live Cluster Field Trial will explore 5G application models and use cases, demonstrating the ability of 5G to support Smart city applications and to explore new vertical industries such as transportation, agriculture, education, security and many more. As 5G is expected to deliver an all-rounded connectivity to consumers and businesses with a differentiated experience, co-existence of both 4G and 5G NSA (Non-Standalone Architecture), a fundamental component to the development of a robust 5G infrastructure. The field trial will also provide areas for good indoor coverage with the use of 5G Outdoor Fixed Wireless Access or Customer Premise Equipment (CPE).

Celcom’s initial 5G tests resulted with user throughputs close to 6Gbps, and will be further optimised during the live field trials within areas such as Seksyen 14, Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Tower, and Taman Jaya LRT Station.

These 5G macro sites cover approximately 1.22 square kilometres, reaching about 450 households, 130 shop lots, offices, shopping areas, outdoor spaces with an estimated population of over 4,600 in the vicinity.

Celcom will be deploying a state-of-the-art network which features Massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO 64T64R), using C-band and milimetreWave (mmWave) technology, enabling an ultra-fast 5G experience with Gigabyte throughput and lower latency of 10miliseconds(ms).

Celcom’s 5G Live Cluster Field Trial was launched today by Al-Ishsal Ishak, chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Idham Nawawi, chief executive officer of Celcom Axiata Bhd together with various technology partners and vendors at @celcom.

Celcom’s 5G Live Cluster Field Trial is conducted in collaboration with technology partner, Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, which on April 2019, also inked an agreement with Celcom to deploy Celcom’s 5G Innovation Hub at Celcom Axiata’s Centre of Excellence (CACE).

The 5G Innovation Hub will be an opportunity for business partners, technology developers, academia and industry players to experience the agile deployment of new 5G verticals and 5G use cases, maximizing 5G potential and capabilities.

On July 9, 2019, Celcom signed another memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) to establish a joint workgroup to explore business opportunities and strategic deployment areas for 5G development in Malaysia.

Celcom and Huawei will dedicate respective experts to jointly develop a 5G rollout strategic plan, explore new business models, wireless to Home trials, and improvement of data experience on both existing and future network layers.

Idham said Celcom is excited and committed to continue being the leading industry player towards the development and evolution of 5G network with the latest technologies, bringing innovation that inspires Malaysians.

“An in-depth study on 5G’s characteristics is crucial to ensure a smooth roll out in the near future and we believe that Malaysia’s first 5G live cluster field trial at @celcom is an ideal platform to test 5G end-to-end. 

“Our Celcom network experts together with multiple technology partners, will be testing and familiarising with 5G’s user experience, use cases, network configurations, customer lifecycle management, network optimisation and commercialisation, which will eventually lead to the evolution of existing services, processes, products and business models.

“Celcom will continue to stand alongside the nation in transforming its aspirations into reality, and we are very confident that this 5G trial will allow us to understand and eventually deliver a world-class 5G network to every Malaysian and realise a truly digital Malaysia,” he said.


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