Malaysia's Celcom Axiata has signed an agreement with Ericsson to expand and upgrade its LTE network in Malaysia.
As part of this, Ericsson will supply Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment from its Ericsson Radio System portfolio to help Celcom serve the growing demand for data services in Malaysia. Ericsson’s RAN equipment will also serve as a platform to help Celcom evolve its network to 5G in the coming years.
Ericsson has recently added new hardware and software products to its Ericsson Radio System portfolio that further enhance the agility and speed with which service providers such as Celcom can roll out their 5G networks. In February 2018, Ericsson also announced that all its radio products within the Ericsson Radio System delivered since 2015 will support Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and 5G New Radio (NR) capabilities with a simple remote software installation.
Network evolution is driven by demand for improved user experience and cost-efficient network operations. With Ericsson Radio System, operators like Celcom can take the first steps with commercial 5G capabilities and new applications, leveraging advanced mobile broadband services. The 5G/IoT radio network software complements Ericsson’s already launched multi-technology supporting baseband and radios.
In 2017, Ericsson and Celcom performed Malaysia's first ever 5G trial, pioneering the evolution of the nation's telecommunications technology. It was the first 5G trial conducted on the 28 GHz band in South East Asia.