Malaysia’s Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) has signed a 10-year 5G partnership with Ericsson to drive the nationwide deployment of the next-generation wireless cellular technology in the Southeast Asian nation.
DNB’s exclusive partnership with Ericsson spans delivery of energy-efficient Ericsson Radio System products and solutions, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing - a software for wide-area 5G coverage – as well as cloud-native 5G Core and 5G Radio Access (RAN) nationwide.
Ralph Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, DNB, said: “DNB is committed to delivering the best technology and innovation opportunities for Malaysians, businesses and government to ensure that Malaysia takes its place at the forefront of the global digital economy. We identified Ericsson to offer the best next generation 5G technology and professional services available to suit DNB’s specific and unique requirements.”
DNB will provide access and services to mobile service providers and others licensed by the regulators, with Ericsson managing the requirements of a single wholesale network via its Managed Services offering. The solution will enhance the performance of DNB’s network using AI , automation and cognitive software to predict and prevent issues.
The operator aims to launch Malaysia’s first 5G network in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya in the initial phase. Ericsson’s local presence and deployment expertise will help DNB meet its target of 80% nationwide 5G population coverage by 2024.