MiTV Corporation Sdn Bhd (MiTV) is teaming up with Celcom (Malaysia) Bhd via a nationwide domestic roaming agreement to launch the former's 3G mobile service in the second half of the year.
It is also targeting to roll out its own high speed packet access-enabled mobile network offering faster and bigger bandwidth to encourage increased data and application usage.
MiTV chairman Datuk Rosman Ridzwan said the company had been performing a trial run for its 3G services since the end of last year and was targeting commercial launch in the second half of this year.
In March last year, MiTV and Time dotCom Bhd were awarded the two remaining 3G spectrum licences by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
Rosman said the partnership between Celcom and the yet-to-be branded “018” 3G network would require expansive network coverage to satisfy consumers’ need to stay connected.
“The seamless integration of networks of both companies will deliver an unparalleled level of mobile communications to the end users.
“For an increasing number of mobile consumers who constantly need to stay connected, this is a much welcomed development,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after MiTV sealed an MoU with Celcom for the nationwide roaming agreement, the first of such a tie-up in the country for 3G services.
He said similar to international roaming, domestic roaming allowed users to be connected in areas where their provider had yet to build its own infrastructure by riding on the existing network of a roaming partner that had the coverage.
|(From left) MiTV executive director Kenneth Chang, Rosman, Dr Lim, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Datuk Dr Halim Shafie, Shazalli and Celcom senior vice president of corporate strategy Azwan Khan at the signing ceremony
Rosman said with the MoU, its would-be 018 customers could benefit from Celcom’s nationwide coverage throughout the country at no additional cost.
Celcom chief executive offer Datuk Seri Shazalli Ramly said with the roaming agreement, the company would enjoy higher roaming revenue as well as better use of its surplus capacity.
Minister for Energy, Water and Communications Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik, who witnessed the signing, commended MiTV and Celcom for the partnership, which he described as a bold step towards offering consumers a new level of mobile service quality.
“This partnership is a step forward for the industry as a whole and works both ways in allowing the telcos involved to continuously provide a truly nationwide coverage for an increasing number of demanding mobile consumers.
“The rapidly growing mobile communications market requires that operators seek strategic partnerships such as this to progress and stay competitive. This trend can be seen in nearly all prominent communications markets globally,” he said.
Dr Lim urged service providers as well as those awarded the WiMAX spectrum to work together towards sharing infrastructure like telecommunication towers and transmitters.
“It is better to have competition on products and services rather than have a monopoly on facilities and infrastructure. In the long run, these will reduce costs,” he said.
On a separate matter, Rosman said MiTV had temporarily ceased its Pay-TV services and that it would be re-launched at the end of this year.
“We are relocating operations to Subang Hi-tech Park now and working out the details of the programme offering,” he said.