Maxis hopes to roll out 5G service by second half of 2020

Maxis CEO Gokhan Ogut and Huawei CEO Michael Yuan shaking hands after inking the agrement. The deal was witnessed by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

PUTRAJAYA: Maxis Berhad and China’s Huawei Technologies Malaysia have signed an agreement to provide the 5G network in Malaysia.

They hope to roll out the service by the second half of next year.

The agreement will see Huawei supplying 4G/LTE and 5G radio equipment and services to Maxis.

At the press conference, Maxis CEO Gokhan Ogut spoke on Maxis’ aspirations to become the first 5G provider in Malaysia.

“Maxis, with today’s announcement, is declaring its ambition to be the first.

“We are the first operator to declare that. The actual launch will depend on the listing of the spectrum, which according to plans, is in the second half of next year.”

He said the technology will take Malaysia to the next level in terms of technology and connectivity for businesses and individuals.

Maxis CEO Gokhan Ogut.

The agreement was signed by Ogut while Huawei was represented by its CEO, Michael Yuan.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad at Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana here.

Ogut added once the 5G spectrum is launched, Huawei 5G products will also be ready for customers.

As for the pricing to use 5G services, Ogut said it is still too early to list down the prices but said there will be a wide variety.

“It will be within our wide range of services and prices — from the Maxis One Plan to the Hotlink Red.”

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief executive officer Al-Ishsal Ishak was also present.

In February, Maxis and Huawei had signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on full-fledged 5G trials.

Maxis then started its first 5G live trials in the country and participated in the MCMC #5GMalaysia showcase in Putrajaya.

At the showcase, they demonstrated how 5G can help the government and corporations make informed decisions using the technology.