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3G services deal inked for rural Malaysia

On the verge of launching its next-generation satellite constellation, O3b Networks announced a major deal to provide fibre equivalent capacity to Malaysian telecoms provider Maju Nusa Sdn Bhd.

The deal was signed in Singapore on the sidelines of the industry event CommunicAsia2013, EnterpriseIT2013 and BroadcastAsia2013 yesterday.

The multi-year deal, awarded under the auspices of Malaysia's Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, will allow Maju Nusa to deploy mobile data services significantly further into mobile operator networks, reaching rural communities in the country where there is little or no access to broadband.

Premium managed solutions provider Maju Nusa is involved in a number of government initiatives providing high-speed broadband and 3G mobile voice and data coverage to rural Malaysia.

Managing Director Shahruddin Salehuddin said at the signing that the company would be able to deliver 3G service to customers over satellite from 2014.

"For many, this will mean that they will go from zero connectivity to 3G for cellular services practically overnight," he said, adding O3b helps to reduce capex costs, aggregating the existing 111 sites in peninsular Malaysia into only 20 customer terminal locations. O3b is the first satellite operator to enable a significant 3G network deployment over satellite. - Bernama, June 20, 2013.

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