Ericsson CEO praises Malaysia’s ‘world-class’ digital infrastructure

KUALA LUMPUR (May 3): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson president and CEO Börje Ekholm said Malaysia’s efforts to build a 5G network have given the country a world-class digital infrastructure.

“There are many challenges involved in actually building one network to lead in 5G, but thanks to great decisions and great execution by Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB), Malaysia is now truly on the path to world-class We have a digital infrastructure,” Ekholm said in a speech during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with DNB, Ericsson and several other parties.

The Swedish executive revealed that he experienced a fast and stable 500 megabits per second (Mbps) internet connection as soon as he arrived in Malaysia.

“This is unbeatable compared to other countries in the world. This is being done really well by Malaysians. Now that we have this great asset, this strong digital infrastructure, what is the next step?” Or, of course, to leverage this and digitize Malaysia in new ways,” he said.

Ericsson Malaysia and DNB have signed MOUs with multiple parties including Intel, SKF Malaysia, Scania and eMooVit Technology to accelerate the digitalization of Malaysian businesses and industries.

The first MoU signed between DNB, Ericsson and Intel will see the development of enterprise 5G solutions in Malaysia.

The MOU with eMooVit, a homegrown startup that is a flag bearer in autonomous vehicle deployment and technology solutions, will enable pilot use cases for autonomous transportation.

Another MOU with Scania is on fleet management use cases, and an agreement with SKF on smart manufacturing will see the adoption of use cases on wireless digitization within factory settings.

These companies will enter the market with selected carriers or access seekers to implement 5G use cases.

“The government, through institutions such as DNB, is now working to ensure that the momentum for digital adoption across all sectors of the economy continues to grow and that initiatives are actively promoted to engage more industry players. Digital Minister Gobind Singh Deo said this while presiding over the signing ceremony.

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