U Mobile partners Razer for e-payments, plans 5G trials

U Mobile has tied up with Razer to collaborate on e-payments, e-sports and 5G testbeds, leveraging on each other’s strengths and capabilities to advance initiatives in these three areas.

U Mobile and Razer will also work towards the interoperability of their e-wallets, namely GoPayz and Razer Pay respectively. Upon successful implementation, users of GoPayz will be able to access Razer’s extensive network of over 10,000 payment points across Malaysia. At the same time, Razer will have the opportunity to add GoPayz’s network of acceptance points across Malaysia to its own network, as well as gain access to U Mobile’s subscriber base of more than 6.5 million consumers.

Meanwhile on the e-sports front, both parties will work closely to provide platforms and opportunities to nurture talent such as athletes or game developers, hosting e-sports-related events, and implementing the necessary infrastructure and technology required to brand Malaysia as an e-sports regional hub. They will also explore opportunities to work on co-marketing and co-branding initiatives.

The two companies will also work on 5G deployment in Malaysia, aiming to provide high quality network without delay or lag. 5G deployment is a key priority for Malaysia and the government has set up a multi-stakeholder task force consisting of telcos such as U Mobile, business associations, IT vendors, academia, as well as various ministries and agencies to provide implementation recommendations.

Together with Razer, U Mobile will explore conducting e-sports-related 5G testbeds and trials to maximise benefits and reduce technical challenges when deployment eventually takes place. This may include leveraging e-sports events in Malaysia as 5G testbeds.

“E-sports has enjoyed meteoric rise over the past few years in Malaysia and e-sports athletes and audiences alike are definitely looking forward to faster game play, real time feedback and even 3D holographic communications.” said Wong Heang Tuck, CEO of U Mobile.

Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, said: “This collaboration with U Mobile is the latest move in our commitment to develop Malaysia as our fintech hub, and comes hot on the heels of the launch of our new Malaysian headquarters. We have exciting things in store for our fans in Malaysia and look forward to sharing more in the coming months.”

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