|PETALING JAYA, Friday, 10 June 2011 -
Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd ("P1") is Malaysia and Southeast Asia’s first 4G WiMAX service provider to join the ranks of global operators in the Global TD-LTE* Initiative ("GTI") to champion TD-LTE technology. Michael Lai, CEO of P1 said the membership acceptance further affirms P1’s commitment in embracing the next wave of 4G technology evolution.
The GTI is a platform formed to create value for stakeholders across the TD-LTE ecosystem and drive the early adoption of TD-LTE technology. LTE is the next wave of 4G technology that is potentially capable of delivering dizzying wireless speeds of up to 1 Gigabits per second.
Lai explained, "For any technology to be cutting edge, there has to have mass adoption. The GTI consists of founding members who are heavyweights namely China Mobile, Bharti Airtel, Softbank Mobile, Clearwire and Vodafone Group. These operators collectively have a market potential of over half the world’s population. With its global scale, TD-LTE will also bring the widest selection and most cost effective high performance consumer devices like modems, routers, smart phones and tablets."
Market intelligence firm Maravedis reported that by the end of 2011, there will be approximately 40 countries represented by 110 operators with 2.5 to 2.6GHz spectrum allocation for TD-LTE. P1 is one of nine Malaysian companies allocated the 2.6GHz spectrum as announced in 2010.
Lai said, "Thanks to the foresight of the Malaysian government in issuing the WiMAX license in 2007, P1 was the first to invest in 4G technology in Malaysia nearly three years ago. Now we have a head start in the transition to a dual 4G WiMAX/TD-LTE network. As a new member of GTI, P1 is able to value-add and share the combined experience with international operators in this exciting 4G journey."
Lai added, "WiMAX is still the most matured 4G technology available today. However, we must prepare for the future and LTE is definitely the answer to the growing demand for mobile broadband services. P1 wants to offer its subscribers the best of both worlds by transitioning to a dual 4G WiMAX/TD-LTE platform and maximising its RM1 billion nationwide WiMAX network investment."
As at end of 2010, there were more than 600 WiMAX deployments across the world accounting for over 13 million subscribers. Maravedis predicts the WiMAX subscriber base will reach 18.5 million by end of 2011.
To date, the total 20 members of GTI are Aero2-Poland, Belltell-Philippines, Bharti Airtel-India, China Mobile-China, Clearwire-USA, Datame-Finland, E-Plus-Germany, FarEastone-Taiwan, FITEL-Taiwan, Korea Telecom-Korea, Omantel-Oman, Nextwave-USA, P1-Malaysia, Smoltelecom-Russia, SoftBank-Japan, Tatung Infocomm-Taiwan, Vividwireless-Australia, Vodafone-UK, Voentelecom-Russia and Woosh-New Zealand.
*Time Division-Long Term Evolution
Established in February 2011, the Global TD-LTE Initiative ("GTI") is a virtual open platform to advocate cooperation among global operators to promote TD-LTE. GTI is formed to create value for stakeholders across the TD-LTE ecosystem for early adoption of the technology and convergence of TD-LTE and LTE FDD. GTI was founded by leading international mobile network operators in 2011 to meet the demands for growing mobile broadband and explore new opportunities across industry and public segments.
Mission and Objectives
GTI aims to bring together the leading operators to steer the TD-LTE ecosystem as a major standard in mobile broadband technology and drive early development of next generation mobile broadband networks.
GTI objectives are:
1) Energizing the creation of a world-class and a growth-focused business environment;
2) Delivering great customer experience and bringing operational efficiencies;
3) Promoting convergence of TD-LTE and LTE FDD in order to maximize the economy of scale;
4) Facilitating multilateral cooperation between and/or among operators.
More info on GTI is available at www.lte-tdd.org.