Two contracts, totalling $180 M, have been signed by Thales and broadband service provider AtlasONE Sdn Bhd, contracting the former to provide equipment and services for a national deployment of wireless broadband services in Malaysia.

Under these agreements, Thales will assume responsibilities for all facets of system integration, programme management and broadband technology solution selection for the last-mile access architecture, and backbone transmission network.

This partnership will not only offer higher bandwidth IP services to large businesses and high rise buildings using the 3.5 GHz spectrum, but will also provide individual and small business portable Internet connectivity and voice services through the recently awarded 2.5 GHz spectrum.

The service provider plans to roll out comprehensive wireless last-mile network infrastructure, initially in the Klang Valley and key markets along the Western Corridor of the peninsula in the second half of 2003. The company is targeting to set up 60 base stations for the 3.5 GHz spectrum by the end of the year.