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Malaysia’s Maxis partners with Huawei for 5G roll-out next year

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Maxis Bhd said it has signed an agreement with china’s Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, at the launch of the fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications network in the South-east Asian nation, as the technology becomes available.

FILE PHOTO: A customer walks past a logo of the Malaysian mobile network operator Maxis at the head office in Kuala Lumpur in September. 3, 2013. (REUTERS photo/Bazuki Muhammad/File Photo

The Malaysian government has said that it is the goal of the 5G spectrum, as soon as the first quarter of 2020.

Maxis, Malaysia’s second-biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, in a statement late on Thursday, said Huawei will be offering the 4G or the LTE, and the 5G radio equipment and services.

“In addition to having access to 5G technologies, Maxis will be able to update the existing LTE-a network will be 5G-ready,” according to the company. He also said that it will take advantage of your existing investments for a more rapid introduction of 5G services.

The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo said last week, Malaysia launched a national demonstration of 5G of projects this month, indicating the country was on track to be one of the first in Asia to see the launch of the technology.

Maxis and Huawei, and in February signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in a 5G sample.

The shares of Maxis Malaysia, is the first telecom group in order to launch 4G services, rose as much as 1.5 percent in early trading on Friday.

Huawei has also pre 5G agreements with Maxis rivals such as Axiata Group Bhd’s Celcom.

Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker, was put on a US blacklist in May, Washington said, is that the device can also be used as a spying tool, which the company denies.

The US government has been lobbying the other nations to Ascend. Malaysia, however, said that it was not concerned about the allegations of spying, and focuses instead on the relative affordability of Huawei’s products.

Report by Liz Lee; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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