DNB, TM and ZTE collaborate on world's fastest 28Gbps 5G mmWave live trial, delivering Malaysia's first standalone 5G core

Release Time:2023-10-18
  • Strategic partnership to set a new global standard in wireless communication through adaptable mmWave AAU technology, capable of achieving record-breaking throughput
  • Partnership reflects TM and ZTE's commitment to driving Malaysia to the forefront of technology innovation, paving the way for exceptional high-speed connectivity 




Cyberjaya, Malaysia, 18 October 2023 – Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), TM and ZTE Corporation (ZTE) have forged a strategic alliance to unveil the world's fastest 5G live trial which will deliver remarkable speeds up to 28Gbps. This groundbreaking technology will reshape Malaysia's digital landscape and establish a new global standard in wireless communication. 


An expansion of DNB's commitment to driving 5G capabilities for the country, the partnership will leverage TM's established network infrastructure and digital expertise, as well as ZTE's state-of-the-art mmWave active antenna unit to deliver Malaysia's first standalone 5G core, complemented by an adaptable next generation transport network. 


This milestone solidifies Malaysia's position as a frontrunner in mmWave technology, elevating industry digitalization and consumer experiences to unprecedented levels. Through this new innovation, the strategic partnership aims to propel productivity and operational efficiency, improving customer satisfaction and generating higher demand across all sectors. It will also enhance rapid Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) connections to deliver high-quality services, video streaming, lag-free online gaming, and immersive virtual and augmented reality applications. 


Gracing the launch of this collaboration at TM's Multimedia University, YB Teo Nie Ching, Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital, said, "This groundbreaking partnership reaffirms Malaysia's commitment to advancing technology, propelling us into a new era of connectivity. It underscores our determination to lead the way in technological advancements on the global stage."


Ken Tan Tzi Kieng, Chief Technology Officer of DNB, underscored the significance of this collaboration, saying, "We are thrilled to be part of this strategic collaboration with TM, MMU and ZTE on the world's fastest 5G live trial. Connectivity is a vital component of the digital economy, and 5G, with its high throughput and low latency, paves the way for Malaysia to achieve its digital aspirations. The use of mmWave spectrum in DNB's 5G wholesale network further augments this by giving a 5.5G experience, which is a launchpad to 6G. The combination of our spectrum with TM's SA core opens up exciting possibilities in the enterprise space, especially in the deployment of 5G private networks."


Amar Huzaimi Md Deris, TM's Group CEO, said, "We are pleased to work with DNB and ZTE to revolutionize Malaysia's 5G landscape, bringing digital opportunities to communities, businesses and the government. The standalone 5G core and TM's cutting-edge network infrastructure will establish new benchmarks in connectivity speed and reliability, pushing the boundaries of digitalization. This will enable better user experiences, pioneer new industry growth and drive the country's innovation ecosystem that will power Malaysia as a digital nation."


Steven Ge, Managing Director of ZTE Malaysia, concluded, "ZTE is honored to contribute our cutting-edge technology to this ground-breaking live trial in Malaysia. We believe this initiative will pave the way for new possibilities in the telco industry. This historic collaboration underscores ZTE's steadfast commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and driving innovation within the telco industry. We take immense pride in working alongside esteemed partners such as TM and DNB to bring the world's fastest 5G live trial to fruition."


About DNB:

Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) is a Minister of Finance Inc. company, mandated to deploy Malaysia's 5G network and infrastructure on an accelerated schedule. DNB will exclusively own, build and manage the 5G network and provide wholesale 5G services to licensed service providers, as well as infrastructure and technology services to support and enable businesses and government capabilities. DNB is licensed as a telecommunications operator by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Please visit https://www.digital-nasional.com.my for more information.


About TM:

TM is Malaysia's leading integrated telco and digital technology Group offering network infrastructure and a comprehensive suite of communication services with solutions in enterprise digitalisation, fixed (telephony and broadband), mobility, content, WiFi, ICT, Cloud and smart services. With a focus on growth, TM is driven by stakeholder value creation, and emphasises delivering an enhanced customer experience via continuous customer service quality improvements and innovations, whilst ensuring increased operational efficiency and productivity.


Committed to a sustainable future and to improving the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the community, TM has set ambitious sustainability targets to track its near- to long-term sustainability performance. Underpinned by strong corporate governance, TM adheres to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and transparency.


For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.my.  



ZTE helps to connect the world with continuous innovation for a better future. The company provides innovative technologies and integrated solutions. Its portfolio spans all series of wireless, wireline, devices and professional telecommunications services. Serving over a quarter of the global population, ZTE is dedicated to creating a digital and intelligent ecosystem and enabling connectivity and trust everywhere. ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. www.zte.com.cn/global


Jointly issued by:

Corporate Communications

Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB)


Group Strategic Communications  

TM Technology Services Sdn Bhd (TM)


Malaysia Marketing Department

ZTE (Malaysia) Corporation SDN BHD


For inquiries, please call:

Corporate Communications

Digital Nasional Berhad

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Sharmila Theenathayalu

AGM, Media Relations (Business)

Strategic Communications 

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Email: sharmila.theenathayalu@tm.com.my


ZTE Corporation


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