Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”), and ZTE Corporation will establish Southeast Asia’s first 4G LTE TDD Technology Experience Centre and Test Lab in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. The projectis supported by China Mobile Communications Co. Ltd Research Institute (“China Mobile”).
The 4G Experience Centre and Test Lab will be established in early 2012 at P1’s headquarters, also known as Packet Hub. Operators and vendors who want a taste of blazing wireless speeds of 120 Mbps and beyond will be welcome to utilize the facility.
“The impact of 4G technology on our lives will be phenomenal,” said P1 CEO Michael Lai. “P1’s customers utilize an average of 17.5GB of data per month, an increase of two-and-a-half times the amount of data utilization since our commercial launch in 2008. What’s even more mind-boggling is that data utilization is growing by the day with the proliferation of high-definition screens and nifty handheld devices.”
He added, “Telecoms operators have no choice but to be ready for a great paradigm shift from voice to data business models. P1 is ready for this and therefore set up the 4G Experience Centre and Test Lab with the aim of fast-tracking 4G LTE TDD technology deployment in the region.”
Dr. Wang Shouchen, President of the ZTE LTE TDD product line sais, “We have established a strong partnership with P1 in last two years. The 4G Experience Centre and Test Lab will allow us to move this partnership to a higher level. The Centre will promote migration toward LTE TDD technology and demonstrate the value of this transition.”
The Centre will initially utilize P1’s 2.6GHz spectrum for LTE TDD technology showcases and interoperability testing of the latest 4G devices. By the end of first half 2012, the network will also utilize P1’s 2.3GHz spectrum.