In a contract valued at €70 M, Alcatel has been selected by Telekom Malaysia (TM) as the prime supplier of Celcom Berhad, a wholly-owned company of TM and Malaysia's premier mobile communications provider, for its 3G/UMTS wireless network.

Under the agreement, the company will deliver 3G/UMTS radio access network infrastructure and high performance digital microwave links to carry the traffic of enhanced mobile data services, enabling Celcom to complete the next phase of its national 3G deployment program. Upon completion there will be the capability to offer customers across the Malaysian peninsula, as well as Sabah and Sarawak islands, a whole array of innovative high bandwidth services for multimedia mobile communications.

Speaking of the contract’s wider significance, Frédéric Rose, president of Alcatel Asia Pacific, commented, "Celcom joins CamGSM (Cambodia) as the second Asia Pacific service provider, in less than three months, to select Alcatel for implementation of its 3G/UMTS network. Celcom and CamGSM represent a growing number of Asia Pacific service providers in high growth economies that are evolving towards 3G and looking to Alcatel for an efficient software-upgradeable solution."