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Malaysian WiMax operator pushes for 2010 rollout

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Local Wimax service provider has partnered with Samsung to provide to implement its WiMax network across the country over the next five years. However, it will take at least 14 months before the high-speed mobile broadband service from YTL's subsidiary, YTL e-Solutions, is expected to be rolled out nationwide in July 2010.t

The company will invest over US$279 million over the next 12 months ahead of its July 2010 launch. Under the agreement, Samsung will implement a WiMax network that includes base stations, multimedia service offerings and a range of mobile Internet devices. YTL e-Solutions has identified 2,000 sites nationwide for the base stations. The network is designed to support 14 million customers and will cover about 70 percent of the population. However, he declined to say when YTL e-Solutions expects to break even or the timeline it is targeting to secure half of the 14 million customers the network was designed to support.

The partnership with Samsung completes what YTL e-Solutions needs for an all-IP (Internet Protocol) converged mobile Internet network, said Yeoh, adding that the Korean IT vendor will supply network equipment as well as the world's first WiMax-enabled handsets.

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