Huawei to build 4G platform for Altel

PETALING JAYA: Altel Communications Sdn Bhd has signed a contract with Huawei Technologies for the installation and commissioning of its infrastructure for its high-speed fourth-generation (4G) services which will be rolled out alongside its existing partner Celcom Axiata Bhd.

The partnership will see Huawei providing wireless, core, transport and billing services to Altel, as well as business consultation service to help Altel develop new competitive mobile services including Mobile Virtual Network.

"We understand that rolling out a 4G network is not an overnight task. As such, we will be building our own radio network and leverage on Celcom's widest and fastest network in Malaysia as well as continuously invest over the next five years," Altel CEO Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Yaacob said in a statement yesterday.

"We are very pleased to partner with Altel to help connect more people to high speed mobile broadband networks in Malaysia. As a LTE technology leader, Huawei has launched 118 commercial LTE networks and has signed more than 280 commercial LTE contracts globally. The 4G network comes along with huge business opportunities; Huawei and Altel are committed in bringing more innovative services to the market," said Huawei Malaysia CEO Mike Wang.

Altel, a subsidiary of Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary's Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd, is one of the eight companies awarded with the LTE 2600MHz spectrum by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to provide 4G services.

To date, it has over 20,000 registered subscribers with 10 exclusive stores in the Klang Valley, Johor, Penang and Kedah as well as 2,500 authorised dealers and 32 distributors nationwide.