WiMAX is the first 4G technology to meet the pent-up demand for the mobile Internet, offering significant speed, loads of capacity, and value for money. Currently, there are over 480 Fixed and Mobile WiMAX trials and commercial deployments in over 140 countries, and Packet One Networks (Malaysia)Sdn Bhd (P1) represents one of the shining examples.
P1 is Malaysia’s first and leading WiMAX telecommunications company with the country’s widest WiMAX network. Launched on August 19, 2008, P1 W1MAX? represents the first large-scale commercial deployment of Mobile WiMAX in Southeast Asia, as well as the first large-scale deployment of an 802.16e 2.3GHz WiMAX network outside Korea. P1’s goal is to bridge the digital divide by making access to the Internet universal, ubiquitous, and affordable for every Malaysian.
In addition to Internet connectivity, P1 expects to continue launching new and innovative services throughout 2009 and beyond. In its consumer product lineup, P1 has a fixed desktop modem solution, as well as an Internet on-the-go offering called WIGGY*—Malaysia’s most advanced USB modem incorporating Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology. P1’s latest all-in-one WiMAX modem, the DV230, with integrated Wi-Fi and voice functionality, adds to this ease-ofuse proposition by omitting the need to configure a separate Wi-Fi router to share WiMAX broadband connectivity. In addition, a subsidiary under P1 has created a social networking tool called Ruumz*, the first social networking portal in Malaysia.
P1 also formed a partnership with Sunway Group and completed deployment of the first phase of the Wireless@Sunway project, providing wireless broadband Internet access to more than 80 percent of home and business users and over 2 million visitors to the group’s flagship township, making Bandar Sunway the first integrated Wi-Fi/WiMAX wireless township in Malaysia. Moreover, P1 was chosen by the local government, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), and regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), to set up the Wi-Fi/WiMAX (Wi-Fi mesh) Kuala Lumpur Wireless Metropolitan Project (Wireless@KL), deploying over 1,500 hotspots and currently serving more than 130,000 users with free wireless broadband Internet access in Kuala Lumpur.
Despite an historically low-level of broadband penetration (just 22.6 percent of households, according to government figures), P1 states that it aims to hit about 250,000 subscribers by the end of 2009. That’s about 500 new subscribers added every day and the goal is to hit 1,000 per day. Malaysia wants to have 50% broadband penetration by 2010—and P1 hopes to play a major part in realizing that dream.
This white paper discusses P1’s Best Known Methods
(BKMs) and shares key learnings resulting from its WiMAX deployment experience. P1 has indeed built a Malaysian field of dreams— and others can follow.