Photo - Dato' Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad.
Malaysian telecom Celcom Axiata (Celcom) is to enhance its network, voice and data quality in Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur with Nokia's optimisation services, it said.
Celcom chief executive officer, Dato' Sri Shazalli Ramly, said, "This initiative is part of our network optimisation program to provide a top quality mobile network to Celcom's customers in Malaysia."
"After implementing it across Sabah, Sarawak and the East Coast, we are expanding this program to the Klang Valley," said Shazalli. "This year, we will be investing about RM1 billion [US$310 million] to improve network quality and capacity for better data services, with the target of completing 2,014 active 4G LTE sites nationwide by the end of the year."
"Nokia, one of our key suppliers and partners, has a deep understanding of our network infrastructure as well as the capability and expertise to take it to the next level," he said. "We believe that this partnership will enhance our overall network performance by addressing issues that affect quality of services."
Nokia head of Asia South, Networks, John Lancaster-Lennox, said, "This deal marks another important milestone in the two companies' long-standing partnership. We will implement our solutions to ensure that Celcom has the highest quality network in Malaysia and retains its position as the operator-of-choice in the country."
Under the deal, Nokia will use real-time network information combined with the latest geolocation techniques to plan and optimise Celcom's 2G and 3G radio network infrastructure, said Lancaster-Lennox.
He said that by profiling device usage and behaviour as well as traffic patterns, Nokia's optimisation service will pinpoint exactly where additional capacity or coverage is needed. Together, Nokia and Celcom will then plan the best solutions to handle rapidly growing data traffic, boost network performance and enhance the mobile broadband experience for each user.
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