Ericsson to partner with Celcom on 4G/LTE expansion

Ericsson selected as a partner in Celcom's 4G/LTE network expansion in Malaysia. Deployment will support high-quality user experiences for Celcom subscribers. Deliver three times the capacity density with a 50 percent improvement in energy efficiency.

Ericsson has signed a five-year partnership with Celcom Axiata Berhad, Malaysia’s leading data network provider and a subsidiary company of the Axiata Group, to deliver high-quality LTE experiences for Celcom subscribers in Malaysia. As part of this partnership, Ericsson will deploy its latest-generation radio network solutions, including full turnkey delivery of products and services for Celcom’s Radio Access Network (RAN).

Ericsson Radio System's modular architecture, with its multi-standard, multi-band and multi-layered technology, will provide Celcom with the infrastructure to support subscribers’ growing mobile data requirements, as well as the flexibility to expand and adapt to changing consumer needs.

Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer, Celcom Axiata Berhad, said: “Celcom has always been at the forefront of upholding its brand promise to customers by providing ultrafast, seamless and the widest networks. With strong growth in subscribers today, Celcom is taking this step to ensure that we will provide the best network quality and ultrafast 4G LTE data traffic.

“We have established a strong partnership with key industry players in the nation that can only enhance our network capabilities and bring the best network quality, nationwide. These key players possess the technological competency, capability in the provision of end-to-end solutions for mobile broadband networks and a proven track record in implementing 4G projects around the world.”

Todd Ashton, Head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, says: “We are committed to partnering with Celcom on differentiating themselves further by providing superior data speeds and amazing user experiences. Smartphone usage in Malaysia is exploding, and societies and industries in the country are keen to capture the benefits of mobility, broadband and cloud.

“The new solutions will deliver three times the capacity density with a 50 percent improvement in energy efficiency. The system will enable Celcom to deliver on their brand promise of an enhanced user experience and to lay the foundations of being 5G-ready. Malaysia is digitizing at an enormous speed, and as leaders in our respective industries, Ericsson and Celcom are perfect partners for this transformation journey. Together we can help Malaysia reach its objective of becoming a high-income digital nation by 2020.”

Ericsson is today present in all high-traffic LTE markets, including the US, Japan and South Korea, and is ranked first for handling global LTE traffic. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks, which is twice as much mobile traffic as the closest competitor. Ericsson is number one in LTE market share within the world’s top 100 cities. More than 230 Ericsson LTE RAN and evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which 170 are live commercially.

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