Producing digital economy talent for 2017, Malaysia opens first national 5G innovation centre

Endorsed by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, the new centre's learning programmes will prepare 2,000 students for employment in the new digital economy.

By AvantiKumar
Dec. 19, 2016

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The Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education has endorsed the country's first national 5G innovation centre, the result of an industry collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), to help develop new talent for the digital economy in 2017.

A partnership between UTM and communications solutions provider Ericsson is the driving force behind the Kuala Lumpur-based UTM-Ericsson Innovation Centre for 5G (IC5G), which has been established to research and test 5G technology and use cases as well as to provide a learning space with designed learning modules.

Located in UTM's Kuala Lumpur Campus, the IC5G occupies a building space of 280 sqm and is expected to benefit about 2,000 students from institutions and industries in Malaysia over three years.

Launched by the YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, minister of Higher Education, who said "the centre will help drive the nation towards becoming the hub for competence and innovation for 5G. Initiatives such as the IC5G are encouraging, as we take a step closer to becoming a Smart Digital Nation by 2020. This centre will also better position Malaysia at the forefront of 5G and among the countries leading technology-enabled economic transformation in the South East Asia and Oceania region."

Professor Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid bin Omar, vice chancellor, UTM, said: "IC5G is a testament of a successful public-private partnership to ensure Malaysia is on the right path to be digitally transformed by 2020. Together with Ericsson, our aim for this centre is to foster the development of 5G technology and use cases in Malaysia." 

IC5G Tour during one of the demos

Photo - IC5G Tour during one of the 5G demonstrations

Future generations

"This will also prepare future generations to be more technologically competent and employable in the new digital economy through specifically tailored learning modules with experts from Ericsson and UTM," said Dr. Wahid.

He said that both partners have agreed to work on research linkages, as well as  trade and information exchange in order to develop joint research projects, and to also understand the impact of 5G on industries and society.

Also present, Todd Ashton, head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, said 5G was the foundation for "realising the full potential of the Networked Society. 5G will enable organisations to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new capabilities of 5G span across several dimensions, including very high data rates, very low latency, ultra-high reliability, energy efficiency and extreme device densities."

"Globally, 5G is expected to begin its commercial rollout in 2020 and will enable a wide variety of use cases," said Ashton. "According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, Asia Pacific will be the second fastest growing region for 5G subscriptions with 10 percent of all subscriptions being 5G in 2022. As part of our long-term commitment to Malaysia and its citizens, Ericsson is bringing the latest advanced technology and knowledge, and we believe that the opening of IC5G will help realize our vision of a Networked Society in Malaysia, where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential."

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