DiGi in strategic partnership with Siemens

DiGi Telecommunications company on 27 May signed a strategic agreement with Siemens Malaysia to spend between 100 and 200 million ringgit on boosting its technological capabilities amid stiffer competition.
      According to Tore Johnsen, DiGi’s Norwegian Chief Executive Officer, the agreement will enable DiGi to upgrade its GSM/GPRS mobile network to next-generation wireless technology, introducing Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) in the Klang Valley.
      “This technology enables 3G type services to be delivered over 2.5G network by tripling the rate of data transfer,” Tore Johnsen explains.
      The new features will be available to customers in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas by year-end and expanded to rural areas next year, he added.
      The move is part of efforts by DiGi, the country’s third largest mobile phone operator, to keep up with its rivals after withdrawing last year from a race to bid for 3G licences in Malaysia.
      DIGI is owned 61-percent by Norwegian Telenor, which in 2002 wrote down its assets in DiGi.com by NOK 2.1 billion.

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