Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - March 12, 2020 - Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Malaysia’s national telecommuncations infrastructure provider, in partnership with VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the launch of tGRID project, an initiative to transform the existing Cloud Platform to TM ONE Cloud Solutions through expansion of services to cater for end-to-end cloud platform that enables next-generation innovation for Malaysian enterprises. The project, which will see the offering of the new, enhanced TM ONE Cloud services to its business customers, will also feature VMware’s industry-leading solution that allows TM to connect both its Standalone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) 5G networks on a single cloud platform, ensuring a seamless and reliable 5G experience for enterprises and consumers.
The partnership was signed by Sivan Umapathy, Chief Information Officer, TM while VMware was represented by Devan Parinpanayagam, Country Manager, VMware Malaysia. Also present at the event was Ahmad Taufek Omar, Chief Executive Officer / Executive Vice President, TM ONE.
“VMware is proud to support TM as it builds a future-ready network and cloud infrastructure to support Malaysia’s Digital Nation aspirations. By transforming its platform with VMware’s industry leading solutions, TM will be uniquely positioned to deliver end-to-end Cloud services while improving the performance and operational efficiencies of their exisiting solutions. This will also enable enterprise customers of TM to fully harness the potential of 5G to deliver rapid innovations that will usher in a new era of unprecendented connectivity for Malaysia’s digital economy,” said Devan.
“VMware Malaysia is honoured to have played a part in the nation’s journey towards being a digitally-ready nation, and we are excited to see the launch of this tGRID project. Cloud and 5G implementation will be key factors in enabling enterprises in Malaysia to scale up and maximise opportunities offered by the new digital economy. We are hopeful that the 5G rollout in 2020 will herald a new era of innovation for Malaysian businesses with the provision of ultra high-speed, low-latency connectivity,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sivan said, “TM is excited with the progress we have made in the nation’s march towards digital-readiness and laying a strong foundation for a future-ready digital economy. We are thankful for the support of global industry leaders such as VMware, in providing us the critical know-how throughout our transformation journey. As we gear up towards 5G commercialisation in the later part of the year, the deployment of VMware’s solutions for our TM ONE Cloud services will surely facilitate a smooth transition for our end-customers in both enterprise and consumer space during the 5G rollout. We will continue to explore potential collaborations with various partners to lay a solid foundation and prepare for the future 5G commercialisation and upcoming 5G era - strengthening our position as Malaysia's 5G Infrastructure Provider. As the national telecommunications infrastructure provider of Malaysia’s Digital Nation aspirations, we aspire to
not only enable the ecosystem by collaborating with technology partners towards serving a more digital society and lifestyle, digital businesses and industry
verticals, as well as digital Government towards improving the quality of lives of the Rakyat.”
With 5G adoption set to add RM12.7 billion to Malaysia economy between 2021 and 2025 while creating 39,000 new job opportunities, enterprises in Malaysia are investing heavily into next-generation technologies that will allow them to capture the growth opportunities from the country’s fast-expanding digital economy. Malaysian telcos have also completed several rounds of live trials ahead of the official commercialisation of 5G in the third quarter of 2020 and
businesses are doubling down on their digital transformation efforts as they pivot towards growth in the era of 5G.
TM ONE Cloud new services will offer Malaysian enterprises an easy-to-deploy, cost-effective and secure solution as they embark on their cloud and 5G journeys. The cloud platform, which runs on VMware’s proven technology, aims to simplify the complexity of cloud adoption while offering built-in world-class service level
agreements (SLAs) that are tailored to customers’ needs. Under the tGRID project initiative, the Company has also implemented the most advanced security
practices and technologies for its certified data centres to ensure highest level of data security. The tGRID’s common infrastructure with TM’s existing cloud
platform will also facilitate the seamless integration of 5G into existing network infrastructure.
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Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), is Malaysia’s leading integrated telco offering a comprehensive suite of communication services and solutions in fixed (telephony and broadband), mobility, content, WiFi, ICT, Cloud and smart services. TM is driven by stakeholder value creation in a highly competitive environment; and places emphasis on delivering an enhanced customer experience via continuous customer service quality improvements and innovations, whilst focusing on increased operational efficiency and productivity.
As the enabler of Malaysia’s Digital Nation/Digital Economy aspiration, TM has been at the forefront of each telecommunication technology evolution of the nation, and will continue to do so. It provides the communications backbone of Malaysia with the widest connectivity and convergence network. TM remains committed to continue to expand its network into a comprehensive digital infrastructure - as its moves beyond connectivity services into new value-added digital services - to serve a more digital lifestyle and society, digital businesses and digital Government – towards making, “Life and Business Easier, for a better Malaysia”.
For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.my.
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 Press Release: Commercialisation Of 5G Redefines Connectivity In Malaysia, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Jan 2020.
 National 5G Task Force Established, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Dec 2018.