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Maxis, Huawei Showcase First 5.5G Technology Trial In Malaysia, SEA

KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd and Chinese multinational technology corporation Huawei Technologies Co Ltd have successfully staged the first 5G-Advanced technology trial in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Communication Minister Fahmi Fadzil is briefed on the potential of 5G-Advanced technology through next-generation connectivity and digital solutions during his walkabout at the trial showcase. With him are the Communication Ministry Deputy Secretary General (Strategic Communications and Creative Industry) Nik Kamaruzaman Nik Husin and Maxis Bhd chief executive officer Goh Seow Eng.

The 5G-Advanced Trial Showcase included a live speed test to demonstrate 5G-Advanced’s capabilities to achieve ultra-fast peak speeds of up to 8Gbps.

5G-Advanced, also known as 5.5G, promises up to 10 times improvement in speed, connected devices, and latency compared to 5G.

The event was officiated by Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil. Also present was the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din.

The event was held at KLCC The Place the first venue in the country to host a 5.5G technology trial.

“This 5.5G trial demonstrates the potential of Malaysia’s telecommunications sector in contributing meaningfully to advancing our communications connectivity.

“We hope more industry players will pioneer innovative technologies to help Malaysian enterprises move up the value chain through next-generation commercial and industrial solutions.

“This will position Malaysia as a front-runner in telecommunications globally,” Mohamad Salim said.

The showcase highlighted the potential of 5G-Advanced technology through next-generation connectivity and digital solutions, leveraging its ultra-high speeds, greater capacity for simultaneously connected devices, and ultra-reliable low latency.

The demonstration booths featured interactive applications of the technology, including low latency live streaming of various Kuala Lumpur city centre views, live 3D content, and immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences.

Maxis chief executive officer Goh Seow Eng said the telecommunication company is proud to have achieved a first for the nation and Southeast Asia with its 5.5G trial.

“The potential of this technology is immense as it can power intelligent solutions across industries and economies.

“We look forward to exploring this technology and developing solutions that will benefit industries and enterprises and advance our nation’s digital ambition,” he said.

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Simon Sun said as a leading global information, communication and technology (ICT) player and an advocate for end-to-end 5.5G solutions, Huawei has been working on research and development (R&D) and verification of key 5.5G technologies and business cases.

“Today, we bring the latest 5.5G technology and launch Malaysia’s first 5.5G showcase.

“This will show the world that Malaysia leads the region in digital infrastructure, proving its enabling environment and digital facilities are among the best to attract and retain foreign investments.

“Huawei Malaysia is firmly committed to walking alongside the nation in its digital transformation journey,” he said.

5.5G’s advanced capabilities can support digitalisation, automation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) across many sectors.

These capabilities will facilitate the digital upgrade of core industries such as high-end manufacturing, automotive and smart transportation, and enable visual communication through 3D and extended reality (XR).

In addition, 5G-Advanced will support the development of affordable IoT solutions.

Following the event, the 5.5G trial will be showcased on the global stage as part of the Malaysia Pavilion supported by the MCMC at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will be held on 26-29 February 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.

Maxis is one of the leading Malaysian companies that will be representing the nation at MWC 2024, the world’s largest and most influential connectivity event.

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