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Malaysian trunk radio operator kicks off analog to digital move with US$8M

AvantiKumar | June 14, 2013
Investment will triple by 2015 as the MOTOTRBOTM two-way digital radio system will be rolled out to many parts of Malaysia and should benefit more than 50,000 users, says Electcoms.

Dato' Ir. Ong Boon Kheng, the MD - Electcoms and Daren Ng (MOTOTRBO)   

Photo - (From left) Dato' Ir. Ong Boon Kheng, MD of Electcoms Berhad; and Daren Ng, the Business Development Director (MOTOTRBO) for Motorola Solutions Asia Pacific with the MOTOTRBO Digital Radio System.


Malaysian trunking operator Electcoms has invested RM25 million (US$7.94 million) in the first phase installation of a two way digital radio systems solution from communications provider Motorola Solutions, which will be used by more than 50,000 trunk radio users in different industry sectors.

The move from analog to Motorola's MOTOTRBOTM Digital Radio System will offer a more secure, reliable communication channel with wider network coverage to users in sectors such as  transportation, logistics, manufacturing, construction and security services, said Electcoms managing director Dato' Ir. Ong Boon Kheng.

By the end of 2015, this amount is set to triple with further implementations in the East Coast of the Peninsular followed by Sabah and Sarawak, said Ong. The first phase will provide reliable coverage across the west belt of Peninsular Malaysia from Padang Besar to Johor Bahru. 

"While trunked radio communication continues to be the preferred communication channel for many niche users in our market, the ability for anyone to tap into analog channels created a security concern for our users who required a secure and reliable mode of communication," he said.

"We choose MOTOTRBOTM Connect Plus as this digital system allows us to customise deployment according to our business needs and also enables a variety of applications," said Ong. "By moving into the digital technology, we will be able to offer trunk radio users in Malaysia advanced and diverse applications and most importantly enhanced connectivity, living up to our commitment to provide our customers innovative yet reliable services in communications."

The decision by Electcoms to implement Motorola's digital radio system is aligned to efforts by the national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to migrate all public trunk operators from the analog frequency of 800Mhz to a digital frequency of 410-430MHZ by end of the 2015 to ensure better efficiency for users, he added.

Radio devices enhance productivity

"Radio communications devices today are productivity and efficiency enablers that go well beyond secure voice communication to data solutions allowing users to communicate and work together on a whole new level. We are pleased to be working together with Electcoms in their drive to offer customers more possibilities of communicating through our MOTOTRBOTM digital solutions and applications," said Motorola Solutions Asia Pacific (MOTOTRBO) business development director, Daren Ng.

Ng said the project includes the MOTOTRBOTM Connect Plus system, which is a multi-site digital trunking two-way radio system (UHF 410-430MHz frequency band) for more than 20 sites across the west belt of Peninsular Malaysia. "This system makes it possible to expand communications beyond just voice communications. Integrated GPS can be applied to give customers' mobile workforce access to real-time location tracking to enhance occupational safety and operational efficiency."

He said digital radios from MOTOTRBOTM portfolio were also available for users such as the XiR P8260 and XIR P8268 portables and XiR M8260 and XIR M8268 mobile radios.

"Applications such as fleet management, location tracking via GPS, messaging service and Work Order Ticket Management can be enabled to streamline business operations for improved productivity, work group effectiveness and efficiency," said Ng, adding that Motorola Solutions has also installed a MOTOTRBO Experience Centre at Electcoms office in Petaling Jaya to help educate users and customers.


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