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Telekom Malaysia and ZTE form research partnership in quest for higher bandwidth

AvantiKumar | July 18, 2014
TM R&D and ZTE Malaysia will collaborate on next generation passive optical network research to achieve bandwidth in excess of 100 Gbps.

MoU collaboration TM R&D - ZTE modified 

Photo - Dr. Gopi Kurup, Chief Executive Officer of TM R&D (4th from left) and Steven Ge, Managing Director of ZTE (Malaysia) Corporation (5th from right) exchanging the MoU documents, while flanked by (from left to right) Dr. Sufian Mousa Ibrahim Mitani, Head of System Technologies, TM R&D; Zakaria Ahmad, General Manager of Research, TM R&D; Dato' Danapalan Vinggrasalam, Chairman of TM R&D; Zhang Renjun, Senior Vice President of ZTE Corporation; Jeff Zhou, Vice President of ZTE Corporation; Hassan Alias, Sales Director of ZTE Malaysia and Neni Izumi, Account Director of ZTE Malaysia.


Telekom Malaysia's research and development subsidiary TM R&D has signed a memorandum of agreement with Chinese telecom solutions provider ZTE (Malaysia) Corporation [ZTE] to conduct research on next generation passive optical network 2 (NGPON 2) in a bid to offer higher bandwidth -  in excess of 100 Gbps [Gigabits per second] -  for TM customers.

During the signing of the agreement, TM R&D chief executive officer Dr Gopi Kurup said the arrangement MoU between TM R&D and ZTE will also allow greater cooperation in advancing the innovation landscape of Malaysia in the international arena. 

"TM R&D initiated and has continued to grow the local photonics and optical research in collaboration with Malaysian universities," said Dr Kurup. "The capacity and capability developed in the field has attracted the attention of global technology companies like ZTE to collaborate in further pushing the boundaries in this important telecommunications technology."

He added that the agreement included NGPON research in contributing towards achieving the international standards through the strengthening of NGPON2 framework. Both parties will share their research facilities and create mirroring labs in both countries, China and Malaysia.

ZTE Malaysia managing director, Steven Ge, said, "We look forward to partnering with the largest integrated telecommunications provider in Malaysia through our collaboration with TM R&D."

"This agreement is in line with ZTE corporate strategy to continue working with top R&D centres throughout the world and we foresee this collaboration will benefit both parties especially in the Next Generation PON development," said Ge. "We hope this NGPON development could be tested in real life environment, especially in the Telekom Malaysia network to ensure local adaptability of the end product."


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