10 April 2008
MALAYSIA'S FIRST WIMAX LICENSE HOLDER PACKET ONE NETWORKS ENHANCES
WIMAX LAUNCH READINESS
Implementation of Oracle Billing and Revenue Management system underscores P1's march towards the commercial launch of WiMAX services in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1) has selected Oracle to deploy and manage its Billing and Revenue Management System as a key building block for P1's commercial launch of WiMAX services in Malaysia by June 2008. The move completes yet another important milestone in P1's quest to become Malaysia's first WiMAX service provider and longer-term goal of becoming Malaysia's No.1 converged telecommunications service provider.
Under the agreement, Oracle will supply P1, a subsidiary of Green Packet Berhad and WiMAX license-holder, with a Billing and Revenue Management System that delivers a unified backend platform for P1 to improve its time to market for new services and streamline operational costs. Accenture, an Oracle certified partner, is in charge of implementation and will continue to help P1 manage the day-to-day operations of the new system. The system is one of several key building blocks employed by P1 to ensure an unparalleled customer experience.
"WiMAX is a key growth opportunity for both existing and emerging service providers worldwide. P1's competitive selection of Oracle is a further validation of our strong real-time IP-based capabilities required by such innovative service providers," said David Sharpley, vice president of marketing and channels, Oracle Communications. "We are excited to be working with P1 as they prepare to launch and grow their portfolio of WiMAX-based services."
P1's CEO Michael Lai said, "The advent of wireless broadband has revolutionized communications and WiMAX is set to change the broadband landscape, transforming the way we live, work, learn, and play. Malaysians will soon have access to advanced services such as voice over IP (VoIP), high-speed Internet access, and other rich data services instantly and reliably via WiMAX.
"WiMAX will affect a sea-change in people's lifestyles, from connecting people and sharing content, to mobilizing the Internet via Web 2.0. We need the right DNA -- that is device, network and application to be a successful and popular wireless platform," Lai added. "Oracle provides P1 with a proven application and advanced, flexible real-time billing capabilities. This equates to efficiencies which help us monetize our services quickly and also to enhance customer satisfaction."
The new WiMAX 2.3Ghz service will facilitate significantly faster wireless communications and provide a strong foundation to support the further development and growth of information and communications technology in Malaysia. It also supports the Government's National Broadband Plan to foster economic progress through the establishment of a knowledge-based economy.
As the first out of the four Malaysian WiMAX 2.3Ghz license-holders to deliver on its commitment to deploy WiMAX to enrich the lives of Malaysians and bridge the digital divide, P1 is leading the pack by becoming the first to commercially deploy mobile WiMAX in the 2.3GHz band in Malaysia, and to establish one of the world's largest mobile WiMAX 2.3Ghz networks.
Deployment is already underway in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor, and will expand rapidly throughout West Malaysia in phases. P1 plans to provide WiMAX coverage for 25 percent of the population in Malaysia (6.5 million people) by the end of 2008 and 40 percent of the population in Malaysia (10 million people) by the end of 2010. P1 expects to provide WiMAX coverage to 60 percent of the nation's population -- including urban, suburban and rural areas -- within five years.