TM successfully conducts Standalone (SA) dedicated 5G Network mode test
By Digital News Asia January 8, 2020
- Test covers both C-band and 700 MHz, simultaneously on a converged 5G core network
- Network will be ready to take on the traffic of multiple network operators
TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) has become the first in the world to successfully conduct a Standalone (SA) dedicated 5G Network mode test on both C-band and 700 MHz, simultaneously on a converged 5G core network.
TM group chief executive officer Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin (pic, right), said: “Today we marked another milestone as we become the first in the world to have successfully conducted a Standalone (SA) dedicated 5G Network mode test on both C-band and 700 MHz, simultaneously on a converged 5G core network; within less than a month since our C-Band was put on air.
“SA is the eventual state of 5G network architecture, brings new 5G capabilities such as ultra-low latency and advanced network-slicing functions, which will open up many new use cases especially for enterprises. Coupled with 700 MHz spectrum, this can ensure increased coverage nationwide, where many new 5G services can be further delivered; thus enabling greater reach to the population towards addressing the digital divide.
“700 MHz spectrum will enable fast (see pix bottom right for speed test of TM's 5G network in Langkawi) and wide 5G deployment and together with the C-band spectrum, the network will be ready to take on the traffic of multiple network operators, on top of enterprise verticals; living up to our aim to become the nation’s 5G network infrastructure provider.
“The other thing that we would also like to highlight is the development of the 5G use cases by our R&D and innovation arm, TM Research and Development Sdn Bhd (TM R&D) were fully developed by our very own in house and local talents; and all the use cases developed by TM R&D are embedded with security, real-time analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
“As the national telecommunications infrastructure provider of Malaysia’s Digital Nation aspirations, we aspire to not only enable the ecosystem but also plan to be a neutral partner for industry players and collaboration partners towards serving a more digital society and lifestyle, digital businesses and industry verticals, as well as digital Government towards improving the quality of lives of the Rakyat,” he added.
TM is participating in the 5G Demonstration Project (5GDP) currently undertaken by Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
The company has already embarked on a total of 11 use cases in Langkawi and deployed the operations of an Integrated Operations Command Centre (IOCC), also known as 5G Command Centre (5GCC), which is at the heart of 5G implementation in Langkawi. For 5GDP in Langkawi, TM has deployed the highest number of 5G use cases among the participating telcos and all the 5G network and use cases sites can be monitored via the dashboard at the 5GCC 24/7 by TM’s expert, qualified technical team.
It is also linked to the local authorities and emergency response services which allow for the communities as well as tourists to experience a smarter, safer living. In addition, TM also opens the 5GCC for all other Service Providers to deploy their monitoring dashboards so all relevant data can be centralised for collective insights.