YTL Communications announced in their press release today that it signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Japan’s leading WiMAX broadband service provider, UQ Communications on July 7 2011, to further enhance both entities’ leadership positions in the 4G space and to advance the development and adoption of next-generation WiMAX technologies.
The two operators will collaborate on business and technical partnerships to driveWiMAX ecosystem development, delivery of high-value innovations and exploration of new market opportunities.
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Kuala lumpur — July12, 2011 —YTL Communications, the world’sfirst operator with a fully converged mobile 4G network,today announced that it signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Japan’s leading WiMAX broadband service provider, UQ Communications on July 7 2011, to further enhance both entities’ leadership positions in the 4G space and to advance the development and adoption of next-generation WiMAX technologies.
“Amongst 4G standards, WiMAXis the most matured and widely adopted in the world. The signing marks the next phase inits advancement as we work with UQ Communications, a leader in its own right in one of the most advanced wireless countries in the world, to propagate the adoption of next-generation WiMAXtechnologies and to foster the development of 4G ecosystems in Malaysia and beyond. We’re extremely excited about collaborating with a like-minded partnerto develop solutions that will ultimately enable our customers to see new innovationsthat will further improve their lives and helpour country realize thepotentialof an Internet enabled economy,” said Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications.
The signing coincides with the successful world’s first WiMAX2 field test conducted by UQCommunications on July 7in Tokyo, Japan,where thedelegation from YTL Communications, led by YTL Group Managing Director Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh, along withsome 50 other international guests, witnessed a WiMAX2 wireless mobile networkdeliver a downlink speed of over 130mbps in a moving vehicle.
“Today we witnessed the next revolution inmobile broadband. This is the future of wireless internet”, said Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, “as a young man, I fought hard to promote no censorship in Malaysia. Now with ground-breaking technologies such as WiMAX2, Internet will be a force of good that will improve the lives of millions around of world. We are pleased to be a pioneer in this space.”
The two operators will collaborate on business and technical partnerships to driveWiMAX ecosystem development, delivery of high-value innovations and exploration of new market opportunities. Both parties will also serve as catalysts to the development and adoption of the next-generation WiMAX2 standard. In addition, YTL Communications and UQ Communications are expected to promote international roaming amongst WiMAXoperators worldwide.
WiMAX2, the next generationWiMAX standard based on IEEE 802.16m, is an ITU designatedInternational Mobile Telecommunications-Advanced (IMT-Advanced) standard. It performs better than current LTE technologies while maintaining full compatibility with existingWiMAX devices.
“We are excited about this collaboration with YTL Communications as there is much for both parties to leverage and gain from each other. As a result of the widespread adoption of WiMAX in key markets around the world, the WiMAX ecosystem is ready to advance to the next level of development with WiMAX2. Together with YTL Communications and our expertise in WiMAX, the collaboration will mean further enhanced user experience and performance to meet the increasing demand for even faster mobile connectivity to support the prevalence of cloud-based applications and services. With this collaboration, YTL Communications and UQ Communications will take WiMAX to the next level,” said Akio Nozaka, President UQ Communications.