Celcom joins UTM and Ericsson to work on 5G and IoT

  • IC5G is Malaysia’s first Innovation Centre, established to research and test 5G technology
  • Also showcases 5G innovations, a 5G research lab and a 5G learning space


(From left) Non-Governmental Commission Member of MCMC Professor Dr. Tharek Abd Rahman; Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh president Todd Ashton; Malaysia Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo; Celcom Axiata CEO Idham Nawawi; MCMC chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak; and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Campus Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Shamsul Sahibuddin

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) on April 16 announced that Celcom Axiata Bhd has signed an agreement to join the IC5G, initiated by UTM and Ericsson in 2015, at its Kuala Lumpur campus.

Endorsed by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, it is Malaysia’s first Innovation Centre, established to research and test 5G technology and use cases, featuring demonstrations and a learning space with specifically designed learning modules. It also showcases 5G innovations, a 5G research lab and a 5G learning space for the benefit of students and industry professionals.

The agreement was signed in presence of Malaysia Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo.

As part of the agreement, Celcom will work with UTM and Ericsson to drive the development of 5G and IoT use cases relevant for Malaysia, which includes studying and testing network traffic across different use cases to better understand 5G performance and feasibility scenarios.

Prof Dr Shamsul Sahibuddin, Pro-Vice Chancellor of UTM Kuala Lumpur Campus said, “Industry-academia partnership is one of the vital elements in propelling UTM toward a globally renowned Malaysian research university in science, technology and engineering. Through the Innovation Centre for 5G, Ericsson and UTM have worked together to drive local 5G innovation and to train technologically competent and employable local human talents. We welcome Celcom to be part of this partnership. We are fully confident that this will help to ensure that Malaysia is on the right path to be digitally transformed by 2020.”

Todd Ashton, president, Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh said, “Ericsson remains committed to bringing our world class technology to Malaysia and we firmly believe that through partnerships, the full value of connectivity can be realised for the whole ecosystem.

“I would like to welcome Celcom as a partner to the Innovation Centre for 5G that we initiated in collaboration with UTM in 2015. With Celcom now on board, it will boost our joint efforts to develop 5G and IoT use cases.”

Celcom Axiata chief executive officer Idham Nawawi added, “Celcom is committed to developing and continuing the evolution of its network with the latest technologies, and bringing innovation that inspires Malaysians. We are therefore very proud to collaborate with UTM and Ericsson, as a part of our digital initiatives towards nation building.

“The private-academic sectors partnership is crucial in supporting a smooth roll out of 5G as it enables in-depth studies towards its development. The learning space within a campus environment also will enable inclusive 5G development programme that will benefit other learning institutions and also various industries.”

About IC5G

Initiated in 2015 through a collaboration between UTM and Ericsson, the main objective of the IC5G is to provide a platform to facilitate research linkages, trade and information exchange in order to work on joint research projects, and understand the impact of 5G on industries and society.

The three main functionalities include:

  1. 5G innovation showcase – To showcase 5G use cases and demonstrations.
  2. 5G research lab – For research and studies in key areas: Propagation, antenna, wireless communications, networks, security, sustainability and safety studies.
  3. 5G learning space – Short-, medium- and long-term learning programmes on 5G-and-beyond technologies offered by Ericsson and UTM for international and local industry players, as well as higher learning institutions.

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