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Malaysian operators agree to share network infrastructure

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Two of Malaysia's mobile networks, Celcom and Digi has announced plans to explore long-term network and infrastructure collaboration in the country.
­The Memorandum of Understanding signed between Celcom, DiGi, and their respective major shareholders Axiata Group and Telenor will focus on three collaborative areas, namely operations and maintenance, transmission and site sharing, and radio access network.

The proposed active sharing model will look at removing duplication of base station sites, addressing escalating rental fees, reducing utility bills and transmission costs, optimising deployment of base stations per area, and redeploying equipment between redundant and new sites.

A definitive agreement is expected to be reached before the end of the year, once both parties have agreed on the long-term economic and operational viability of this collaboration.

This agreement also closely reflects an earlier accord for the sharing of network resources in Bangladesh between Celcom's parent company, Axiata and Telenor in Bagladesh.

On the MoU, Mr. Clausen explained, "Maturing mobile markets like Malaysia can benefit from extensive network sharing as a key strategy to drive cost and operational efficiency. These efficiencies will in turn allow us to explore new and innovative ways to provide wider coverage at better costs for our customers, especially in facilitating the strong demand for data services nationwide. This is the main driver behind this collaboration, and we see clear advantages in moving forward together on a long-term, sustainable business model."

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