The next time you pay a visit to aquariaKLCC, Malaysia’s largest aquarium, you’ll also be able to experience an immersive journey through the ocean floor. Powered by Maxis, the one-of-a-kind showcase enabled by augmented reality (AR) and 5G technology, aims to create greater awareness on ocean conservation.
The showcase is part of the 5G Malaysia Demonstration Projects announced by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to facilitate, develop and foster 5G use cases in a live but controlled environment.
The aquariaKLCC showcase is the third use case demo, following showcases in Putrajaya and IDECs in Kuching, in April and July 2019 respectively. More uses cases are expected to take place, including testbeds in Langkawi and Gamuda Cove.
“5G is a network that will power a future of smart solutions, and dramatically change the way we communicate and experience things. While we are still very much in experimentation stages, we are excited at the possibilities of new technologies. Through this engaging experience, we wanted everyone to have a glimpse into the future of how 5G technology can be fun, immersive and educational,” said Morten Bangsgaard, Maxis Chief Technology and Information Officer.
Over the last few years, Maxis has been assessing 5G technology and conducting demo trials in its test lab. The telco gas been upgrading its transport network to support higher gigabit speeds as well as virtualising its core network elements to meet capacity demands of 5G.
Earlier in February, Maxis and Huawei signed an MoU to cooperate on full-fledged 5G trials. It commenced its first 5G live trials in the country, recording close to 3Gbps download speeds. Huawei also ran its first 5G indoor trials at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
In October, Maxis and Huawei signed a landmark agreement for the provisioning of 5G network, an important milestone in Maxis’ 5G journey.
Maxis is expected to roll out 5G network services in the country in the second half of next year, as soon as the 5G bandwidth is ready. The MCMC says it’s on track to roll out the fifth generation cellular network by the second quarter of next year. The communications authority has proposed the 700MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz bands for 5G.
5G will deliver 10 times higher speed than current 4G speeds, with speeds going beyond 1Gbps, and will offer a far superior user experience and capacity. It will power a new era of mobile communications and propel Malaysia to a new phase of rapid digital transformation.