Malaysian MVNO Altel to roll-out own 4G LTE network

MVNO Altel to roll-out its own 4G LTE network

Malaysian MVNO Altel Communications Sdn Bhd, has teamed up with Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd for the roll-out of its own 4G LTE mobile broadband services.

Altel launched in August 2013 as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on Celcom Axiata’s network and has 20,000 registered subscribers in Malaysia.

Last year, Altel was among eight companies that were awarded a LTE 2.6 GHz spectrum license by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Altel was awarded a 2×20 MHz spectrum band, while the remaining seven received 2×10 MHz each.

In July, Altel tied up with Celcom Axiata Bhd to pool their spectrums to provide 4G services.

The company plans to setup its own core network by rolling out 500 LTE base stations in the first year and 2,100 in the next two to three years.

The partnership will see Huawei provide wireless, core, transport as well as billing services to Altel. Huawei would also provide consultation services to help the company develop new competitive mobile services, including mobile virtual network

Author: Allan Rasmussen
Managing director at Yozzo. Allan is a MVNA/MVNE/MVNO specialist with hands-on experience from more than 60 projects in both competitive and greenfield markets. His expertise includes business case development, execution, launch and growth strategies. Advisor and consultant to mobile network operators, MVNA, MVNE, MVNO, National Regulatory Authorities, Government Agencies, Broadcast Companies, TMT Industry Associations, Innovation and Investment Banks.

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