Packet One Networks enhances Malaysia’s WiMAX launch readiness

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1) has selected Oracle® Billing and Revenue Management. The move completes yet another important building block in the progress towards P1’s commercial launch of WiMAX services in Malaysia by June 2008 and longer-term goal of becoming Malaysia’s No.1 converged telecommunications service provider.

Oracle® Communications Billing and Revenue Management is a unified platform that enables service providers to improve time to market of new services, build stronger brands and lower operational costs.

The P1 implementation is being done by Accenture, a Certified Advantage Partner of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, who will continue to help Packet One Networks manage the effective day-to-day operations of the new system. The system is one of several key building blocks employed by P1 to ensure an unparalleled customer experience.

“WiMax is a key growth opportunity for both existing and emerging service providers worldwide. The competitive selection of Oracle is a further validation of our strong real-time IP-based capabilities required by innovative service providers such as Packet One,” said Dr Weiming Li, Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Oracle Communications. “We look forward to working with Packet One as they launch and expand a portfolio of WiMax-based services.”

P1’s CEO Michael Lai said, “The advent of wireless broadband has revolutionized communications and WiMAX is set to change the broadband landscape, transforming the way we live, work, learn, and play. Malaysians will soon have access to advanced services such as voice over IP (VoIP), high-speed Internet access, and other rich data services instantly and reliably via WiMAX.

“WiMAX will effect a sea change in people’s lifestyles, from connecting people and sharing content, to mobilizing the Internet via Web 2.0. We need the right DNA — that is device, network and application – to be a successful and popular wireless platform,” Lai added. “Oracle provides P1 with a proven application and advanced, flexible real-time billing capabilities. This equates to efficiencies which help us monetize our services quickly and also to enhance customer satisfaction.”

The new WiMAX 2.3Ghz service will facilitate significantly faster wireless communications and provide a strong foundation to support the further development and growth of information and communications technology in Malaysia. It also supports the Government’s National Broadband Plan to foster economic progress through the establishment of a knowledge-based economy.

As the first out of the four Malaysian WiMAX 2.3Ghz license-holders to deliver on its commitment to deploy WiMAX to enrich the lives of Malaysians and bridge the digital divide, P1 is leading the pack by becoming the first to commercially deploy mobile WiMAX in the 2.3GHz band in Malaysia, and to establish one of the world’s largest mobile WiMAX 2.3Ghz networks.

Deployment is already underway in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor, and will expand rapidly throughout West Malaysia in phases. P1 plans to provide WiMAX coverage for 25 percent of the population in Malaysia (6.5 million people) by the end of 2008 and 40 percent of the population in Malaysia (10 million people) by the end of 2010. P1 expects to provide WiMAX coverage to 60 percent of the nation’s population, including urban, suburban and rural areas — within five years.