Celcom Axiata ties up with Huawei for 5G Innovation Hub

Celcom Axiata has partnered with Huawei Technologies Malaysia to deploy Celcom’s 5G Innovation Hub at the Celcom headquarters, @celcom. This collaboration entails the realisation of a 5G Innovation Hub at Celcom Axiata’s Centre of Excellence (CACE).

The 5G Innovation Hub will be an opportunity for business partners, technology developers, academia and industry players to experience the agile deployment of new 5G verticals and 5G use cases. It will also enable Celcom to test the new 5G network performance and functionality, further benefitting vertical industries and speeding up the 5G adoption rate in Malaysia.

Additionally, Celcom and Huawei will explore end-to-end transformation of the current network. This includes the evolution of RAN equipment to the Next Generation New Radio Base Station, enhancing transport backhaul to carry gigabits of traffic with stringent latency to cope with demanding requirements of 5G, and the upgrading of the mobile core network into the NSA core equipped with Mobile Edge Computing technology to enhance the end user experience of 5G in the near future.

Idham Nawawi (pictured left), chief executive officer of Celcom, said the company will be working towards making its @celcom building 5G ready through this collaboration.

“In line with the #5GMalaysia theme of ‘Progressing Humanity’, we will be seeking approval from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to begin 5G network market trials at our building and its surrounding areas,” he added.

Michael Yuan (pictured right), chief executive officer of Huawei Technologies Malaysia said: “We believe that this evolution brings tangible benefits in terms of superior network quality, improved network efficiency and future service innovations that will translate directly to a positive improvement in customer experience and business for Celcom.”