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 ofthe 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.