Working Towards A Broadband Nation – YTL Communications Collaborates With Samsung To Expand 4G Network And In-Building Network Coverage

Kuala Lumpur, 24th February 2010 – YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, which will soon launch its 4G network in Malaysia, today entered into contracts with Samsung Electronics (SAMSUNG) to increase the numbers of base stations for its nationwide network buildout and to acquire innovative in-building solutions for superior in-building coverage.



Working Towards A Broadband Nation – YTL Communications Collaborates With Samsung To Expand 4G Network And In-Building Network Coverage


Under the arrangement, SAMSUNG will provide additional 500 WiMAX 2.3 GHz radio base stations to expand coverage. This is in addition to the 1900 base stations currently being deployed. SAMSUNG will also supply 2000 units of smaller base stations, or picocells, for In-building network coverage. SAMSUNG picocells are innovative, small and cost effective base stations and best suited to provide superior in-building coverage.

The agreement underscores YTL Communications’ aggressive pursuit of building toward a broadband nation and marks SAMSUNG’s dedicated and full support of YTL Communications’ deployment of 4G services in Malaysia. SAMSUNG will share its WiMAX expertise and provide YTL Communications with best-in-class WiMAX base stations and picocells, enabling YTL Communications’ vision of creating a nationwide 4G network to bridge the digital divide.

SAMSUNG is the world’s first and foremost mobile WiMAX equipment provider, having launched the world’s first commercial service in Korea in 2006 and serving as supplier to 23 major WiMAX operators across 19 countries globally, such as Clearwire in the US, Yota in Russia and UQ Communications in Japan. SAMSUNG is in the vanguard of Mobile WiMAX adoption and evolution globally.

“Action speaks stronger than words. The acquisition of additional base stations and picocells from SAMSUNG is a firm commitment we are making to deliver our vision of a nationwide network to serve all Malaysians.” said YTL Communications CEO Wing K Lee. “Together with our world class partners, we shall soon deliver mobile Internet to the urban and rural communities across the nation,” added Lee.

“We would like to thank YTL Communications for their continuous confidence in us. As a global WiMAX solutions provider, we shall apply our experience from successful implementations throughout the world to support YTL Communications business goals and we are very excited to play a role in creating the world’s first nationwide 4G network here in Malaysia,” said Mr. Woonsub Kim, SAMSUNG Executive Vice President and General Manager of Telecommunications Systems Division.

About YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.
YTL Communications Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary and the communications utility of YTL Power International Berhad (YTL Power International). The Company has approval from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to operate a 2.3 GHz WiMAX wireless broadband network in Malaysia and intends to use this privilege to provide affordable, world-class services that improve the lives of people across Malaysia.

Financial backing from YTL Power International and technological know-how from strategic, best-in-breed partners including: Cisco, Clearwire, GCT and Samsung, will position YTL Communications as a leading player in the telecommunications industry and will lay the foundation for the roll out of a nationwide wireless broadband network by late 2010. As a responsible corporate citizen, YTL Communications is committed to bridging the digital divide between the urban and rural communities, improving the quality of life, and supporting efforts to promote technological innovation.

About YTL Power International
YTL Power International is a utility group active across key segments of the utility industry worldwide. Headquartered in Malaysia and listed on Bursa Malaysia (market capitalization RM12.9 billion (USD 3.8 billion) as at 31 October 2009), it operates in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia and Indonesia. Its core businesses include: power generation, retail and transmission, water and sewerage services. YTL Communications represents YTL Power International’s first investment in the communications business. YTL Power International is a subsidiary of YTL Corporation Berhad (“YTL Corporation”).

About YTL Corporation
YTL Corporation Berhad is one of the largest companies listed on the Bursa Malaysia, and together with its five listed entities has a combined market capitalization of about RM30.8 billion (USD9.1 billion) as at 31 October 2009, and total assets of over RM45 billion (USD13 billion). The company was listed in 1985, and has also had a secondary listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange since 1996, being the first Asian (non-Japanese) company to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. YTL Corporation is an integrated infrastructure developer with interests in construction, power generation (in both contracted and merchant markets), cement manufacturing, water and sewerage services, property development, hotel development and management and information technology and e-commerce initiatives, serving over 12 million customers on three continents.