Issue 92/2012

2.6 GHz Spectrum Allocated to P1

South East Asia’s leading and one of the world’s first 4G service provider, Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”) has been allocated the access to 2.6 GHz spectrum by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Michael Lai, CEO of P1 said, “We are thrilled to have been granted access to 20MHz of 2.6 GHz TD spectrum, and we thank the government, our Ministry and MCMC for their confidence in P1. Being one of the pioneers in the 4G world, we are definitely excited to be able to offer this next generation of 4G technology to Malaysians.”

With the newly allocated block of 20MHz, P1 now has a total of 50MHz of the 4G spectrum – a combination of 30MHz of 2.3GHz and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum. P1 now has the alternative to fully utilize the 50MHz of spectrum to deploy 4G LTE.

In April 2011, P1 had successfully showcased WiMAX and LTE technologies supported on the same platform and the ease of transitioning from WiMAX to 4G LTE network with a just software upgrade. Both technologies were demonstrated on the 2.3GHz spectrum. To date, P1’s networks are LTE-ready and that equates to a much lower capital expenditure, giving P1 an edge of a quicker LTE transformation over its competitors.

“Being one of the Steering Committee Members of the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), we are excited to be able to serve our subscribers with the 4G Time-Division Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology. Our subscribers will be among the first to taste and experience the latest 4G LTE technology. Continuing our mission of “Broadband for All”, this spectrum allocation will allow us to continue our commitment in bringing cutting-edge broadband technology to every single Malaysian. And simultaneously, contribute to our national broadband agenda and initiative,” he elaborated.

“We are ready for this, and we look forward to serving our customers even better with complete range of services from 4G wireless, Fiber, SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) services and wireless internet leased line,” Lai added.

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