Malaysia’s biggest mobile network provider M1 Telecom will begin testing an Internet of things network by 2022 to help it deliver a more efficient and affordable telecommunications system for the entire Southeast Asian region.
M1 is set to announce the project on Monday.
M0 Telecom, the largest operator of M1, is also set to deploy the network by 2021.
The network will be built on the M1s existing spectrum, which is currently used for mobile data service, M1 said in a statement.
Its goal is to help deliver a reliable and affordable system to provide the most reliable communications and digital services to the region.
“We believe the M2 telecommunications network is the most efficient and cost-effective way to connect Southeast Asia with a network of over 3,000 telecoms and Internet companies,” M1 CEO Mohd Jameel Abdul Rahman said.
It’s a project that will allow M1 to deliver the network at a lower cost than competing operators, he added.
M1 is the world’s third largest mobile network operator, after Japan’s Softbank Corp. and Singapore’s TeliaSonera.
Last year, the company said it would launch an internet of things (IoT) pilot project by 2021, though the final project may be much later.
To connect Southeast Asian cities to a network, M0 plans to deploy a network consisting of 100,000 connected devices, using the same network that M1 operates.
A large portion of M0’s network is already used for data services.
There are plans to roll out the network to other cities in the region, including Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
About 60 million people in Southeast Asian countries currently have access to a mobile phone.
With its network of more than 3,500 mobile operators, M2 is the largest in Southeast, and the second-largest in Asia.
In 2020, M3 Communications Co. was selected by the Southeast Asian Infrastructure Development Council (SEADC) to establish the region’s first Internet of Everything (IeI) telecommunications network.