Malaysian telco, Maxis, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huawei on 25 February to accelerate 5G technology in Malaysia. The MoU is about the two companies cooperating on a full 5G trial with end-to-end systems and services, was inked during the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Subsequently in the first week of March, Maxis initiated the first 5G live trials in the country to be conducted over six months in Cyberjaya. The trials will provide a deeper analysis of 5G characteristics, including the use of spectrum in higher bands, co-existence with current services, as well as use cases such as Gigabit high speed Mobile Internet and Ultra High-Definition Virtual Reality (VR) applications. As of 7 March, Maxis had recorded close to 3Gbps download speed.
The trial also follows the recent announcement by the Government that Cyberjaya and Putrajaya will become the first smart cities in Malaysia to experience 5G technology.
5G is expected to provide speeds up to 10 times higher than what 4G network can do today for applications such as Ultra High-Definition VR and 360 degree viewing. It will also open up new use cases in areas such as AI, robotics and drones.
(Source: Digital News Asia; FMT News; Maxis)