With 5G trials underway in Malaysia, local operators Celcom Axiata and Maxis have agreed to share infrastructure for the technology.
The operators will collaborate on deployment of 5G network equipment while retaining control over operation of their individual networks. The operators began exploring 5G two years ago, with their first live trials taking place this year amidst core network upgrades.
Maxis CEO Gokhan Ogut said: “We are already sharing towers, fibre and working together on connectivity for rural areas and USP projects. This helps us save resources and accelerate the rollout.”
Celcom CEO Idham Nawawi added: “We believe collaboration is the way forward for the industry, and working with Maxis to explore a more coordinated 5G deployment in Malaysia is something we are excited about. Our potential collaboration will pave the way for the delivery of a world-class 5G network.”
In October, Maxis confirmed that it would use upgrade its LTE network using equipment from Huawei once 5G-ready spectrum has been allocated. The regulator is examining the viability of six frequency bands, with a public hearing due for the 700MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz bands before the end of the year.
Commercial 5G launches are expected in Malaysia in 2021-2022.