Malaysia To Launch World's 1st Wireless Hybrid TV Service



Kuala Lumpur, 11th October 2010 - YTL Communications Sdn Bhd today signed a Licence and Services Agreement with next-generation TV innovator, Sezmi Corporation. The agreement gives YTL Communications the rights to deploy hybrid TV service in Malaysia and throughout Asia Pacific thus transforming Malaysia into a leading operational hub for digital media and television broadcasting, capable of serving the region. Through this, Malaysia will effectively become first in the world to launch an all wireless hybrid TV service by the end of 2011.


Malaysia To Launch World's 1st Wireless Hybrid TV Service


Hybrid TV brings together the best of broadcast content and Internet in the same device over a wireless network to deliver a superior customer experience and Sezmi is leading in this area. The Sezmi system is currently commercially available in the United States, one of the world's most demanding markets for such technologies and services. It is in this very market that Sezmi has proven itself as a front running innovator in redefining the television viewing experience.

"YTL is passionate about bringing concrete benefits and positive change to Malaysians from all walks of life. We commend our Prime Minister's vision to develop Malaysia into a high income country," said Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director, YTL Corporation Berhad & Executive Chairman of YTL Communications. "Acting on this call made by the government, we bring Silicon Valley to Malaysia today with this next-generation wireless hybrid TV service. We believe Sezmi is the best partner to make this possible. With Sezmi Corporation, we will give Asia a next-generation entertainment experience by bringing together the best television and Internet experience all in one box. Malaysia is screaming for more choices and with Sezmi, we will deliver. This will inspire Malaysians to adopt the Internet at a faster rate in line with the government's National Broadband Initiative."

Through this partnership, YTL Communications plans to transform Malaysia into the world's first, fully converged wireless quadruple-play country, effectively positioning the nation as the world's most advanced wireless country. The service that YTL will bring together with Sezmi will require new devices, equipment, content and applications which will be developed and manufactured in Malaysia, at the same time driving FDI from world-class partners while creating export opportunities of know-how and manufactured goods to service providers throughout the region. Indirect output will also see the creation of a large pool of jobs for creative, professional and technical services, all of which are imperatives in achieving an innovation-led, high-income economy.

"When we launch our 4G mobile Internet service next month, it will be amazing. We will deliver to Malaysia a wireless dual-play service - broadband and voice on our 4G network. But this is only the beginning. Thanks to our cutting edge architecture, we will be able to deliver the world's first wireless quadruple-play service (mobile broadband, mobile voice, mobile TV and fixed TV) by the end of next year. But our desire for innovation will not stop there, we will continue to deliver amazing experiences to our customers using our 4G platform and bring positive change to Malaysia." said Wing K. Lee, CEO, YTL Communications. "We're truly excited to be a part of this project. I commend the Malaysian government and YTL Communications for their foresight in initiating a project that is as impressive as this. It is indisputable that convergence between broadcast and Internet is fast becoming a dominant trend," said Buno Pati, CEO, Sezmi Corporation. "In developing countries, televisions are significantly more prevalent than computers. Hence, the best way to deliver broadband to every person is through a TV screen connected to a wireless network that can bring together high quality HD content and Internet all in one. We see this partnership as an amazing opportunity to realise this vision. YTL Communications' solid financial foundation, expertise and passion make them the perfect partner to realize this vision."

About YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.
YTL Communications is the communications arm of YTL Corporation. The Company plans to provide affordable, world-class converged 4G services that improve the way people in Malaysia work, learn and play. With a strong financial backing from the parent company and the technological know-how from best-in-class partners such as Cisco, Clearwire, GCT Semiconductor and Samsung, YTL Communications will roll out a nationwide 4G mobile Internet network in 2010. The company is committed in supporting the National Broadband Initiative (NBI) to increase the broadband household penetration rate to 50% by end-2010, bridging the digital divide between the urban and rural communities, improving the quality of life, and supporting efforts to promote technological innovation. For more information, visit: www.ytlcomms.my.

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About Sezmi
Sezmi is the leading global provider of complete hybrid television solutions. The Sezmi platform and expertise enable service providers to rapidly deliver next generation television services over capital efficient broadband infrastructure. The Sezmi experience redefines television viewing by combining traditional TV content, movies and internet video, in a single easy-to-use product and service. Designed from the ground up with next-generation TV functionality, Sezmi delivers a breakthrough user experience that puts consumers in total control with a personalized on-demand viewing experience. Sezmi is working with service providers and content partners around the world to deliver a transformative TV choice for all TV consumers.