Ericsson and DNB leverage 5G Advanced to drive Malaysia into becoming a digital nation

  • 5G network already among top 5 in the world, leveraging latest 5G tech
  • Network will be one of the first in the world to trial 3GPP R18 software

Ericsson and DNB executives at the signing in Barcelona yesterday. David Hägerbro (3rd from left), Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh signed the MOU with Nasution Mohamed, COO of DNB.

Ericsson and Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) yesterday formalized their plans to collaborate on 5G Advanced to maintain the DNB 5G network as one of the top performing networks in the world.

The commitment to collaborate was formalised with the exchange of a Memorandum of Understanding at the Mobile World Congress 2024 (MWC 24).

5G Advanced delivers a new paradigm of 5G connectivity, bringing significant enhancements to network performance, sustainability and intelligence. 5G Advanced makes it possible to address new applications and use cases, bringing new features and AI-based capabilities to 5G RAN, Core and operations domains.

The collaboration will focus on enhancing the 5G experience and accelerating digital services for consumers, government and enterprises; including offering on-demand services. This will be done by introducing enhanced radio access network (RAN) functionalities coupled with award-winning AI intent-based operations to build a high-performing network while optimizing user experience.

Ericsson and DNB will collaborate for use cases enabled by end-to-end network slicing, high reliability and low latency features for public events such as live video broadcasting, industrial surveillance and industrial automation applications.

Driving the adoption of 5G for enterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises with new network capabilities and innovation to accelerate growth for Malaysia's digital economy will be another focus area. With Advanced Threat Detection, network security and resiliency is another area that will be enhanced to provide next level of cybersecurity, protection of user data and privacy.

The sustainability of the network will continue to be improved with the introduction of new advanced AI capabilities to optimize energy consumption and efficiency for a green network, steering Malaysia towards Net-Zero carbon emissions. David Hägerbro, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh said, “The next phase of 5G capabilities will allow businesses of all types to reap the benefits of enhanced mobility, flexibility, reliability and security.”

Nasution Mohamed, Chief Operating Officer of DNB said, “DNB has successfully accelerated the 5G deployment to cover 80% coverage of populated areas by the end of 2023. We will continue to work with Ericsson to upgrade DNB’s world-class 5G network with the latest technology as standardised by global standard 3GPP. This new ‘5G Advanced’ technology will bring advanced radio security, superior user experience and enterprise capabilities, as well as empowering sustainability through enhanced energy management.”

Malaysia’s 5G subscribers today enjoy one of the cheapest 5G connectivity access, and with this collaboration, DNB commits to further enhance Malaysia’s digitalisation journey through enhanced cyber-secured innovation.


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