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Thursday, 6 September 2012

P1 to Champion 4G TD-LTE in South-East Asia

KUALA LUMPUR -South-East Asia’s 4G leading provider Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd ("P1") has been appointed to the Global TD-LTE* Initiative ("GTI") Steering Committee which is the decision-making board for the 4G TD-LTE technology global movement.

GTI was founded by leading international mobile network operators in February 2011 to meet the demands for growing mobile broadband and explore new opportunities across industry and public segments. The five founding members of GTI are China Mobile, Clearwire in the US, Bharti Airtel from India, Vodafone headquartered in the UK and Softbank in Japan. These countries combined make up more than half of the world’s population.

Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of the GTI Steering Committee said with P1’s appointment to the GTI Steering Committee, GTI aims to further 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.

Michael Lai, Chief Executive Officer of P1 delightedly informed that the appointment is a great honour from GTI and another major milestone for P1 in taking the lead in the 4G TD-LTE movement particularly in Southeast Asia. "Since 2008, P1 has been working tirelessly to shape the 4G broadband industry first with WiMAX**. Now, P1 joins the ranks among the highest decision-making board in TD-LTE technology. Thanks to the team at GTI and P1, we will not rest on our laurels as this is just the tip of the iceberg in man to man, man to machine and ultimately machine to machine communications."

The GTI Steering Committee consists of representatives from telecommunications operators from around the world. P1 CEO Michael Lai’s appointment to the GTI Steering Committee is alongside Korea Telecom’s Sung Man Kim, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Network Business Group and Dirk Poppen, Managing Director WiMee (an E-Plus company); adding to the existing Steering Committee Members who are: Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of GTI Steering Committee, Jagbir Singh, CTO & Director of Networks, Bharti Airtel, Li Zhengmao, Executive Vice President of China Mobile, Dr. John Saw, Chief Technology Officer of Clearwire, Ted Matsumoto, Chief Strategic Advisor to CEO and Member of Board of Softbank Mobile, and Andy Macleod, Director of VF Network of Vodafone.

* Time Division Long Term Evolution
** Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access


About GTI
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 February 2011 to meet the demands for growing mobile broadband and explore new opportunities across industry and public segments. The five founding members of GTI are China Mobile, Clearwire in the US, Bharti Airtel from India, Vodafone headquartered in the UK and Softbank in Japan. These countries combined make up more than half of the world’s population. http://www.lte-tdd.org/

About Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd ("P1"), a subsidiary of Green Packet Berhad with South Korea leading Operator, SK Telecom as second largest shareholder, is Malaysia's first and leading 4G telecommunications company. P1 represents the first large-scale commercial 4G WiMAX deployment in Southeast Asia, and the first large-scale deployment of an 802.16e 2.3GHz WiMAX network outside Korea. Although LTE is still in its infancy in Malaysia, P1 is already gearing up for 4G LTE transition and deployment through strong strategic partnerships with the world’s largest LTE proponents namely Qualcomm International, China Mobile Limited and being accepted into the elite Global TD-LTE Initiative ("GTI") that encompasses more than half the world’s market potential. P1’s goal is to bridge the digital divide by making access to the internet universal, ubiquitous and affordable for every Malaysian. P1 hopes to play a major part in realizing the nation’s goal providing Broadband for All.

Since its inception, P1 has received the following accolades:
2008 • Red Herring Asia’s Most Innovative Private Technology Company
• Malaysia Book of Records - Malaysia’s first WiMAX telco
2009 • Malaysia APICTA Best of Start-Up Companies
2010 • Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Telecom Awards – Most Promising Service Provider of the Year
• Malaysia Effie Awards - "Sudah Potong?" Campaign (Gold)
2011 • Best Enterprise Brand by Global Golden Brand Awards
• Global Leadership Awards – Internet Category
2012 • GoMobile – Best Home Broadband

For more information on P1, visit http://www.p1.com.my/