PENANG, MALAYSIA, 18 February 2019> – YTL Communications Sdn. Bhd. announced today the launch of Terragraph market pilot in Georgetown, Penang to deliver a reliable, affordable and high-speed broadband connection to the heritage city. The deployment, supported by Facebook, would be the first large-scale market pilot in Asia and is aligned with the government’s efforts to invest in and further improve on the country’s digital infrastructure to ensure greater availability of broadband services.

Telecommunications companies, businesses, and other stakeholders are investing in infrastructure and connectivity capabilities to facilitate the adoption of bandwidth-intensive technologies in an effort to usher in the era of Industry 4.0 and encourage a digital leapfrog for Malaysia. Coverage and adoption of fixed broadband services must be further developed to scale to the country’s aspiration, with the aim to achieve broadband connections that are double the speed at half the price.

This industry-led collaboration by YTL Communications, supported by Facebook, is in line with the vision of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan’s (NFCP) aim to improve broadband quality and coverage, reduce broadband price and enable Internet access for all. In addition, this also complements the “Penang 2030” vision that promotes Penang to be a Family-focused, Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation.

Georgetown, located in a dense and urban area, is also home to one of the largest collections of pre-war buildings in Southeast Asia. The city’s legacy infrastructure and prestigious UNESCO status make it challenging to run fibre to every household, thereby limiting the availability of high-quality broadband Internet access.

The unique proposition of Terragraph enables service providers to deploy low-cost, high-speed connectivity in dense urban and suburban areas by utilizing existing street furniture. Facebook has produced a reference design for Terragraph hardware, including the tools and software needed to operate the technology, that will be leveraged for this pilot. The six-month-long market pilot will include the provision of Public WiFi and Fixed Wireless Access.

YTL Communications saw a unique opportunity to apply this innovative technology to eliminate the need to trench and disrupt a UNESCO heritage city while providing a brand-new gigabit wireless infrastructure. They first announced the intention to deploy a market pilot of Terragraph at the Telecom Infra Project Summit 2018 and turned this vision into reality within months.

“A breakthrough in technology is needed to address the need for better broadband while preserving the uniqueness of Georgetown’s proud UNESCO status,” said Wing K. Lee, Chief Executive Officer of YTL Communications. “Commencing on March 1, we expect the pilot to last up to six months, during which we will learn and plan for the commercial rollout while continuing to explore ways to harness this advanced wireless fiber technology.”

“As the pioneer of 4G in Malaysia, we have built the largest pure-4G network and provide Malaysians with the best data value pricing. The future is wireless. This pilot clearly confirms the viability of wireless as an effective last mile solution. The technical breakthrough in providing gigabit wireless using Terragraph is a preview of the exciting era of 5G.” Wing continued.

“With Terragraph, Facebook is building a robust and collaborative ecosystem of chipset vendors, manufacturers and service providers to bring high-quality connectivity to urban and suburban areas. We are excited to partner with operators like YTL Communications who are deploying Terragraph in order to bring internet connectivity to people who are unconnected or do not currently have fast or reliable access,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, Vice President of Connectivity, Facebook.

“We believe that people, no matter where they live, deserve a consistent, high-bandwidth internet experience. As Malaysia grows its digital economy, high-quality internet connectivity is essential in helping create new opportunities that can strengthen both local communities and global economies,” said Bryan Tan, Head of Connectivity Ecosystem Programs, APAC at Facebook.

 

Facebook introduced Terragraph in 2016, designed to bring gigabit speed to dense urban areas. Terragraph is the underlying technology bringing gigabit speeds to support data demand of urban residents, visitors and accelerating new smart-city services.

PENANG, MALAYSIA, 18 February 2019> – YTL Communications Sdn. Bhd. announced today the launch of Terragraph market pilot in Georgetown, Penang to deliver a reliable, affordable and high-speed broadband connection to the heritage city. The deployment, supported by Facebook, would be the first large-scale market pilot in Asia and is aligned with the government’s efforts to invest in and further improve on the country’s digital infrastructure to ensure greater availability of broadband services.

Telecommunications companies, businesses, and other stakeholders are investing in infrastructure and connectivity capabilities to facilitate the adoption of bandwidth-intensive technologies in an effort to usher in the era of Industry 4.0 and encourage a digital leapfrog for Malaysia. Coverage and adoption of fixed broadband services must be further developed to scale to the country’s aspiration, with the aim to achieve broadband connections that are double the speed at half the price.

This industry-led collaboration by YTL Communications, supported by Facebook, is in line with the vision of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan’s (NFCP) aim to improve broadband quality and coverage, reduce broadband price and enable Internet access for all. In addition, this also complements the “Penang 2030” vision that promotes Penang to be a Family-focused, Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation.

Georgetown, located in a dense and urban area, is also home to one of the largest collections of pre-war buildings in Southeast Asia. The city’s legacy infrastructure and prestigious UNESCO status make it challenging to run fibre to every household, thereby limiting the availability of high-quality broadband Internet access.

The unique proposition of Terragraph enables service providers to deploy low-cost, high-speed connectivity in dense urban and suburban areas by utilizing existing street furniture. Facebook has produced a reference design for Terragraph hardware, including the tools and software needed to operate the technology, that will be leveraged for this pilot. The six-month-long market pilot will include the provision of Public WiFi and Fixed Wireless Access.

YTL Communications saw a unique opportunity to apply this innovative technology to eliminate the need to trench and disrupt a UNESCO heritage city while providing a brand-new gigabit wireless infrastructure. They first announced the intention to deploy a market pilot of Terragraph at the Telecom Infra Project Summit 2018 and turned this vision into reality within months.

“A breakthrough in technology is needed to address the need for better broadband while preserving the uniqueness of Georgetown’s proud UNESCO status,” said Wing K. Lee, Chief Executive Officer of YTL Communications. “Commencing on March 1, we expect the pilot to last up to six months, during which we will learn and plan for the commercial rollout while continuing to explore ways to harness this advanced wireless fiber technology.”

“As the pioneer of 4G in Malaysia, we have built the largest pure-4G network and provide Malaysians with the best data value pricing. The future is wireless. This pilot clearly confirms the viability of wireless as an effective last mile solution. The technical breakthrough in providing gigabit wireless using Terragraph is a preview of the exciting era of 5G.” Wing continued.

“With Terragraph, Facebook is building a robust and collaborative ecosystem of chipset vendors, manufacturers and service providers to bring high-quality connectivity to urban and suburban areas. We are excited to partner with operators like YTL Communications who are deploying Terragraph in order to bring internet connectivity to people who are unconnected or do not currently have fast or reliable access,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, Vice President of Connectivity, Facebook.

“We believe that people, no matter where they live, deserve a consistent, high-bandwidth internet experience. As Malaysia grows its digital economy, high-quality internet connectivity is essential in helping create new opportunities that can strengthen both local communities and global economies,” said Bryan Tan, Head of Connectivity Ecosystem Programs, APAC at Facebook.

 

Facebook introduced Terragraph in 2016, designed to bring gigabit speed to dense urban areas. Terragraph is the underlying technology bringing gigabit speeds to support data demand of urban residents, visitors and accelerating new smart-city services.

Penang, 24th February 2011 – Yes, the Fastest 4G Mobile Internet Service with Voice, powered by YTL, today announced that starting immediately, Penangites can get their hands on cool Yes 4G devices and start enjoying the power of truly converged mobile communications, combining wireless 4G broadband at speeds up to five times faster than 3G with voice/IM/SMS all in one account.

 

 


Yes, the largest and fastest growing 4G mobile Internet network in Malaysia now empowers Penangites too!

 

As of today, Yes, has the most extensive 4G coverage in Penang, encompassing most of the populated areas in the island and the state’s mainland. For the full Yes coverage map, please visit http://www.yes.my/support/coverage

Yes, offers the industry’s lowest rates – up to nine times lower than current prepaid mobile Internet and voices packages. On top of that, Yes does away with separate, siloed plans for voice, mobile Internet and mobile broadband, and combines everything in one simple integrated plan that offers consumers the complete freedom to choose how they want to spend their airtime, as long as they spend a minimum of RM30. Pay-as-you-use at just 9 sen for 3MB of data, 1 minute of calls or 1 SMS. Yes also offers up to 30% rebate to power users who consume over 4GB worth of data a month. This effectively reduces the already attractive rates to as low as 2 sen per MB or RM20 per GB.

The commercial availability of Yes in Penang is a continuation of YTL’s promise to deliver the most advanced converged 4G network throughout West Malaysia. The network has an extensive coverage and for the first time ever enables mobile internet coverage along the North South Highway – the country’s longest highway.

“Yes is tremendously happy to bring the power of true mobile convergence to the people of Penang! Since our official launch on November 19, 2010, our Yes Stores and our IT partner stores have received overwhelming response from eager consumers who want to experience the most advanced wireless network in the world. We are very grateful that people understand our vision for Yes and are very receptive of it,” said Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications Sdn Bhd. “With Yes, whether you are stationary or on a moving vehicle, you only need one account to surf from any device, make phone calls, SMS, IM, video conference and even make phone calls from your house phone. That’s the real power of convergence.”

Penangites can immediately bring home the Yes Huddle – Malaysia’s first 4G MiFi and an instant mobile hotspot for up to four people and the Yes Go – the world’s slimmest and most advanced 4G USB dongle. The Yes Zoom – the 4G WiFi router designed for home and office use and the Yes Buzz – the world’s first 4G cloud phone will be available for purchase in March 2011.

To give Penangites the ability to test drive the truly innovative and powerful features of Yes, with the opportunity to register and purchase on the spot, Yes will hold a number of road shows around Penang, with the first one taking place at Gurney Plaza from February 24 to 27. The Yes road shows are the pre-cursor to the opening of the first Yes Store in Penang targeted in April 2011 at Queensbay Mall. Yes targets to have a complete sales network in Penang with over 32 IT partners on the island and mainland later this year.

Yes has also announced in January that its 4G network now covers all 240 hectares of Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) main campus, allowing its 20,000 students to connect to the 4G network. Under this Education Partner Program (EPP), USM students get 300MB free usage per month for 3 years.

“Penang is an island state that is always at the forefront of technology and innovation. It’s no wonder that many have dubbed this wonderful island the Silicon Valley of Malaysia. It’s only befitting that its people have the most advanced, converged 4G mobile internet and communications technology in the world” Lee concluded.

For more information about Penang road shows please visit www.yes.my.

About Yes
Yes, a brand under YTL Communications, offer the fastest 4G mobile internet with voice service. Yes is the first mobile operator to bring mobile internet and voice together in one plan. Yes offers the lowest mobile rate in the industry and currently covers over 65% of the population of peninsular Malaysia. With its robust 4G network as a backbone, Yes is looking forward to introduce the world’s first fully converged wireless service right here in Malaysia by 2011.

About YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.
YTL Communications Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary and the communications utility of YTL Power International Berhad and part of the YTL Corporation Berhad Group. The Company plans to provide affordable, world-class services that improve the way people in Malaysia work, learn and play. For more information, please visit: www.yes.my.

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