KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia-based conglomerate Sunway Group and local wireless broadband firm Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd (P1), have signed a deal that would make Bandar Sunway the first township to have integrated wireless broadband service.
Sunway Group president, Dato’ Chew Chee Kin, said that this would benefit the township’s 30,000 residents and two million visitors to the township. They can now access the free wireless broadband coverage provided to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Monash University Sunway Campus, Sunway University College, Sunway Metro and Sunway Mentari.
P1 chief executive officer, Michael Lai, said that more than 100 WiFi hotspots have been set up. “Phase two will involve deploying WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) to cover more areas in Bandar Sunway,” Lai said, referring to the 800-acre Bandar Sunway, which is the Sunway Group’s flagship development.
Dato’ Chew called the creation of Bandar Sunway’s integrated wireless community “a significant milestone in bringing Internet power to the township’s community, and making it an even greater place to live in”.
“This will positively reflect on their options for telecommuting, learning, keeping an eye on their homes and family from remote locations, online shopping and getting entertainment information on the go,” he said.
He said the Sunway Group chose P1 as the preferred technology partner for the project as it is the next generation telecommunications service provider, while its strategic partnerships with Alcatel-Lucent and Intel put it far ahead of its competitors.
“Together with the Sunway Group today, we’ve once again proven our commitment to leading the pack in bridging the urban digital divide through wireless technology and realizing the Malaysian Government’s aspiration to enrich the lives of all Malaysians,” Lai said.