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Maxis invests US$430 million to modernise network

AvantiKumar | May 23, 2010
Brings integrated services onto a single platform.
KUALA LUMPUR, 23 MAY 2010 -- Malaysian communications firm Maxis has invested US$430 million (RM1.4 billion) to deliver next generation integrated services onto a single modernised platform to its customers, said the company.

Maxis executive vice president and head of network and technology, Mark Dioguardi said the company is investing the amount in 2010 on its modernised network to meet customer demand for next generation services enhanced to more than 12 million subscribers.

The Maxis network is at the core of our development of a mobile and fixed communications ecosystem offering services which fit specific needs," said Dioguardi.

"A few years ago, we made a necessary choice to significantly invest in the kind of network, which will be capable of supporting explosive demand for mobile and fixed browsing and of providing a fully converged platform," he said. 

"What we called 'future-proofing' the network involved altering its physical infrastructure in an intense programme of stages, which was completed in 2009 after spending more than US$1.23 billion (RM4 billion) over a period of four years," said Dioguardi.

 More to come

"We now have a network which goes measurably further in call quality, nationwide coverage and speed of browsing and which, thanks to its IP-based infrastructure, is scalable to deliver useful new technologies and applications, continuing Maxis' track record of being first to offer customers relevant innovations, he said. 

This year, we will provide more customers with ultimate mobility and seamless access to rich contents and services, anywhere and on any device, said Dioguardi, adding that the company's next generation broadband team was currently testing fibre-to-the-home [FTTH] technology to exploit the 10,000 km of optic fibre already in place.

In January this year, we attained 60 per cent coverage of the population for 3G, and we aim to reach 80 per cent around year-end, he said. The entire upgrade of the first generation of 3G equipment with present equipment, was by January complete and will be extended to fulfill our commitment to the more enriching experience, and to be compatible with expansion into new spectrum.

All our 2G sites are data-capable, and all our 3G sites deploy HSPA [high speed packet access] technology, which delivers higher peak speeds, he said. We have also recently received our licence to trial LTE [long term evolution], and will be ready to deliver the LTE experience, from which we can provide the customer with the best service offering in the market complete with devices and compelling content." 

"Imagine a time when you'll be able to access all your home appliances from a single device, from anywhere you are, to help keep loved ones close, and safe, and to share more of the same experiences, said Dioguardi. Imagine a time when health, education, business and cultural opportunities are accessible to and from, anywhere in Malaysia to anywhere in the world."