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The innovation arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), TM R&D, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ZTE Malaysia Corporation (ZTE), a leading global provider of information and communication technology solutions, to collaborate on optical network research, bringing the first 50 Gbps bandwidth experience to Malaysia.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Sharlene Thiagarajah, chief executive officer, TM R&D, and Steven Ge, chief executive officer, ZTE Malaysia.

Under this agreement, TM R&D and ZTE will jointly explore the capabilities of next-generation Passive Optical Network (PON) access technology, 50GPON, to support various application scenarios. In addition, both entities will look into use cases that can deliver ultra-broadband access to the government, enterprise and consumers, as well as support the requirements of innovative services such as 5G, cloud virtual reality (VR), industrial intelligent manufacturing for high bandwidth, low latency and jitter, and clock synchronization, all of which will enhance the user experience in Malaysia.

Commenting on the MoU, Dr. Sharlene Thiagarajah, , TM R&D, said: “TM R&D is committed to conducting research on future technologies and innovating new value-added smarter eco-systems that will improve the quality of user experience and ultimately bring a positive impact on their lives. This fits well into the TM Group's transformation towards becoming a human-centered TechCo. We are very excited to partner with a renowned global player such as ZTE to innovate on future generation PON technology in line with the global trend and technology roadmap.”

Steven Ge, CEO, ZTE Malaysia, said: "With gigabit home broadband services widely used in Malaysia at present and the basic fixed network in the time window of evolution from GPON to 10G PON, this partnership could not have come at a better time.”

"ZTE is pleased with the opportunity to collaborate with TM R&D on future research in next-generation PON technology supporting Digital Malaysia,” he added.

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