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Celcom collaboration to save university RM15 million

With this collaboration Tronoh town becomes part of Celcom's prime city area programme.

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Written by Aziz Hassan

KUALA LUMPUR — May 9, 2016: Universiti Teknologi Petronas will save RM15 million in five years via a collaboration with Celcom Axiata to offer data connectivity services to its students.

Under the collaboration, Celcom was to develop wireless infrastructure in the university’s vicinity in Tronoh.

“The infrastructure was developed at zero cost of implementation,” UTP Vice-Chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim said after the signing of the memorandum of understanding here today.

Celcom has deployed 600 WiFi access points covering indoor and outdoor areas within UTP to provide seamless daily connectivity to more than 8,000 UTP students and 900 employees.

Under the collaboration, the UTP community could enjoy a premium Inernet service, which is only available at UTP, from Celcom’s multiple internet data plan that offers a minimum 22.5 gigabytes of data per month.

“Wireless network technology has a positive effect on teaching, learning, research endeavours and administration, and has advanced to a degree that we simply cannot ignore these technological advances,” said Rahim.

Moving forward, Rahim said UTP and Celcom Axiata will collaborate in various key initiatives towards the development of UTP undergraduates.

The initiatives include internship programmes and career openings with Celcom or the Axiata Group, as well as UTP students participation in
entrepreneurial programmes developed by Celcom and its partners.

Rahim said Celcom will also be a member of UTP’s Industry Advisory Panel, with the company given the opportunity to share ideas on
telecommunications and conduct leadership activities.

Celcom will also explore the possibility of sponsoring a professorial chair at the university.

Celcom Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Shazalli Ramly said the infrastructure in UTP was developed using a quantum of its RM1.2 billion capital
expenditure.

“Tronoh may not be a priority for any telco because it is located outside of prime city areas.

“With this memorandum of understanding, we have taken Tronoh town to be part of our prime city areas programme, which means that it will enjoy good quality 4.5G services.” — Bernama

 

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Aziz Hassan

A journalist since July 1976 with both the English and Malaya press and was with two newspaper groups before The Mole. Does corporate report-writing and translation in his free time. Currently also a contributing weekly rugby columnist for the New Straits Times.