Ericsson nationwide 5G network deal with Malaysian telecoms DNB

Swedens’s telecoms gear maker has inked a 10-year partnership with Malaysian telecoms company Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) to deploy a nationwide 5G network.

DNB’s partnership with covers Radio System products and solutions, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing software, cloud-native 5G Core, and 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) nationwide.

Ericsson will also supply its Managed Services offering, Ericsson Operations Engine.

Additionally, the telecoms gear company will provide its operational support systems (OSS) and business support systems (BSS) solutions to the telco.

DNB aims to launch Malaysia’s first 5G network in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Cyberjaya in the initial phase.

“Ericsson’s local presence and deployment expertise are key to meeting DNB’s target of 80 percent 5G nationwide population coverage by 2024,” the telco said in a joint statement.

5G deployment, Ericsson said it will accelerate Malaysia’s digital transformation and Industry 4.0.

Eventually, Ericsson will help the Bhutanese telco to rollout 5G Standalone (SA) in subsequent years.

It will also create a 5G ecosystem to drive innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and automation across a range of enterprise, industry, and multi-sector Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.

“We identified Ericsson to offer the best next-generation 5G technology and professional services available to suit DNB’s specific and unique requirements,” said Ralph Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, DNB.

The national 5G project will further directly and indirectly contribute socio-economically in areas of job creation, partnership with Bumiputera and other local contractors and ecosystem players, and knowledge and capacity building in Malaysia.

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