DiGi, Malaysia’s largest service provider, has signed a $210 million contract with Ericsson for the expansion of its GSM1800 mobile network.
The contract, which will boost both coverage and quality of service, includes the supply and implementation of GPRS.
In his keynote address, Datuk Amar Leo Moggie, minister of energy, communications and multimedia, said that he was pleased to see DiGi’s commitment to the development of the telecoms industry, which would support Malaysia on its journey towards the third generation mobile system.
Signing the contract on behalf of DiGi, managing director YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Rahim bin Haji Din said, “Our GPRS network will pave the way for an exciting array of mobile services – never before experienced in Malaysia – that will transform the way we live, work and play”.
“Data traffic is increasing enormously every day. This growth in demand for Internet access and services has paralleled the explosion in demand for mobile communications. DiGi subscribers will benefit greatly from the introduction of GPRS which will provide easier and quicker access,” added Haji Din.
Country manager of Ericsson in Malaysia, Peter Källberg said that DiGi and Ericsson had had a long and strong business relationship.
“This is indeed a very big milestone, for DiGi, for Ericsson and for Malaysia,” said Källberg.
Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones, and has 100,000 employees in 140 countries.