Malaysia Creates History with First 5.5G Trial in Southeast Asia

Malaysia Creates History with First 5.5G Trial in Southeast Asia

On February 23, Maxis, a leading telecommunications company in Malaysia, together with Huawei, a Chinese technology giant, announced its success in conducting the first 5G-Advanced technology trial in Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region.

The "5G-Advanced Trial Showcase" featured live speed test demonstrations that showcased 5G-Advanced's ability to deliver ultra-fast peak speeds of up to 8Gbps. Also known as 5.5G, this technology promises a tenfold increase in speed, connected device capacity, and latency reduction over 5G. The event highlighted the remarkable potential of 5G-Advanced technology to deliver next-generation connectivity and digital solutions that leverage super-high speeds, greater device connection capacity, and highly reliable, low latency.

Held for the first time in the country, the exhibition at KLCC The Place aimed to highlight the potential of 5G-advanced technology. The exhibition showcased next-generation connectivity and digital solutions that prioritize ultra-high speeds, large capacity for simultaneously connected devices, and highly reliable low latency. The demonstration booths showcased various interactive applications of this technology, including low-latency live streaming of various Kuala Lumpur cityscapes, direct 3D content, and immersive augmented reality experiences.

Tan Sri Mohamad Salim bin Fateh Din, Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), emphasized that the 5.5G trial has demonstrated the significant capacity of Malaysia's telecommunications sector to significantly enhance communications connectivity.

Malaysia is currently developing its second 5G network, with potential cooperation with Huawei. The first network, Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB), is the result of collaboration between the government and major telecom operators, with full support from Ericsson. After some hesitation, Maxis finally launched its 5G service in August, joining the national 5G network managed by Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) since July.

Maxis says that the cutting-edge 5.5G technology has huge potential to drive digitization, automation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) across various sectors. With these capabilities, a significant boost is expected in the digital transformation of key industries such as high-end manufacturing, automotive, and smart transportation. In addition, this technology also enables cutting-edge visual communication through the use of 3D and augmented reality. In addition, 5G-Advanced is expected to facilitate the development of more affordable IoT solutions.

Following the event, the 5.5G technology trial will take center stage globally as part of the MCMC-supported Malaysian Pavilion at this year's Mobile World Congress. The event is scheduled to be held from February 26-29, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain. As one of the leading technology companies in Malaysia, Maxis will represent the country at the prestigious MWC 2024, the world's leading and most influential connectivity event.

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