The impending arrival of 5G rollout in Malaysia would further spur the growth of Malaysia’s digital economy into a strategic economic growth engine, said Fortesys Distribution Sdn Bhd.
Its regional sales director Kevin Kuak said that 5G connectivity would translate into greater productivity as more businesses adopt latest technologies to realise greater efficiencies.
Prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had unveiled Malaysia’s MyDIGITAL initiative under the purview of the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint recently, and among the initiatives is 5G rollout to provide faster and broader internet connectivity to Malaysians in the next decade.
The government is expected to spend some RM15 billion on the country’s 5G network, with the rollout jump-starting by year end.
“As stated by prime minister Muhyiddin, the 5G rollout is another critical aspect if the RM22 billion National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan to advance the country’s household Internet penetration rate – which has improved from 87% in 2018 to 90.1% in 2019 (according to the national regulator MCMC),” said Kevin.
“5G will bring tremendous benefits such as lower latency, faster speeds, and greater load capacity, with browsing and download speeds estimated to be 10 to 20 times faster than the 4G network,” he added.
For Fortesys, 5G also promises greater demand for its Peplink range of products.
Fortesys is well known for providing a wide range of advanced networking solutions, and leveraging global brands for wired and wireless networking equipment and software.
Peplink in turn is a world renowned brand of wireless devices under Peplink International Ltd. of the United States. The company offers enterprise router, Wi-Fi, SMB networking, cloud-based central controller, and other related services, as well as network solutions.
“Even before the MyDIGITAL announcement, the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the need for networking solutions as businesses progressively adopt remote working cultures,” said Kevin. “As a result, it has accelerated digital transformation with businesses striving to provide more conducive connectivity both within organisations as well as with external stakeholders.”
Fortesys has a reputation for enabling enterprises and telcos to streamline their IT operations with their networking solutions, while transforming infrastructure to be ‘intelligent’ by leveraging on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Another of Fortesys’ main strengths is its technical team which has in-depth knowledge of “end-to-end IT networking solutions”.
“Our technical members are well certified by many world class IT vendors. They are highly proficient and well-suited to provide top-of-class digital support and services,” said Kevin.
Besides Malaysia, Fortesys’ other main market is Indonesia.
One of Fortesys’ key enterprise customers which has implement Peplink solutions is Columbia Asia, a multinational chain of hospitals, and one of the largest and fastest-growing healthcare companies in Southeast Asia. Currently, it has 19 medical facilities across Southeast Asia: 13 in Malaysia, 3 in Vietnam, and 3 in Indonesia.