U Mobile in deal with edotco to accelerate network rollout
By Digital News Asia May 22, 2014
- Mobile operator signs 10yr master infrastructure services agreement with edotco
- Pact will reduce U Mobile’s capex and opex for site maintenance and management
MALAYSIAN mobile services provider U Mobile has signed a ‘master infrastructure services agreement’ with communications infrastructure services company edotco that the former said would accelerate its network rollout and improve customer experience.
The collaboration will result in wider and stronger network coverage, enabling its customers to enjoy seamless and greater mobile experience on-the-go, U Mobile said in a statement.
“This timely partnership is in line with U Mobile’s strategy to enhance its network quality and coverage, enabling [us] to grow and develop rapidly as a household brand,” said U Mobile chief executive officer Wong Heang Tuck.
“edotco’s expertise in network infrastructure will contribute greatly to this strategy,” he added.
The collaboration will see edotco leasing tower site space whilst providing power and site maintenance. This would enable U Mobile to expand its network reach to more territories across the nation, bringing its mobile Internet experience closer to consumers, the company claimed.
“The 10-year partnership affirms edotco’s drive to encourage network sharing and push to reduce parallel capacity and the overall environmental impact of tower infrastructures within the nation,” said edotco group chief executive officer James Maclaurin.
Network sharing and leasing would lead to greater efficiency for the industry and lessen the environmental impact as infrastructure can be utilised and optimised to provide connectivity to the public without having to build new towers and sites, U Mobile said.
Furthermore, the partnership would also reduce U Mobile’s capex and opex (capital and operational expenditure) for site maintenance and management.
This partnership is one of many collaborations U Mobile has embarked on for business and network expansion, as well as increased consumer engagement and avenues in anticipation of a more challenging year ahead.
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