YTL Communications And Global Technology Pioneers Unite to Build Groundbreaking 4G Innovation Network In Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 16th November 2009 –YTL Communications Sdn Bhd today announced the appointment of Ali Tabassi as a director to its board. Mr. Tabassi is senior vice president of global ecosystem and standards for Clearwire and as such is responsible for driving industry standards internationally to achieve Clearwire’s corporate objectives. He also leads the company’s global advocacy program and its network engineering, operations, product development, and IT services in Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Romania, Germany and Poland as the CTO of Clearwire International.



Profile Picture of Ali Tabassi.


“We are pleased to leverage Mr. Tabassi’s vast experience helping to expand the burgeoning global WiMAX ecosystem,” said YTL Group Managing Director Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, CBE, FICE. “His insights and guidance will be invaluable as we roll out 4G services to improve the lives of people across Malaysia.”

Mr. Tabassi has more than 20 years of experience in the development, integration and operation of wireless solutions in the telecommunications, networking and IP industries. Prior to joining Clearwire, he was acting CTO and vice president of technology development and architecture for Sprint Nextel, where he evaluated emerging technologies and new business opportunities to ensure that the company was at the forefront of technology innovation. Before Sprint, Mr. Tabassi was EVP and chief technology and development officer for MobileStar, a provider of wireless broadband access.

Earlier, as vice president of engineering and operations at SkyTel, he managed network planning, system design, project management, implementation, maintenance and operations of SkyTel’s Nationwide Traditional and Advanced Messaging networks. Mr. Tabassi also served as director of engineering services for both Alltel Mobile, the cellular division of ALLTEL Corporation, and for LCC International, a leading telecommunication consulting firm.

Mr. Tabassi holds an MBA and two Bachelor of Science degrees, in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics.

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.