Maxis partners HPE to be first in offering multi-access edge computing services in Malaysia

As the country awaits news on 5G deployment, Maxis has taken more steps in staying ahead of the game. The telco giant has now teamed up with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to be the first in the nation to bring multi-access edge computing as a digital solution for enterprises.

Multi-access edge computing is a technology that enables unprecedented single-digit millisecond computing response time with data processed and stored at the edge of the network, bringing cloud resources much closer to the end-user than ever before.

As the data is processed at the edge of the network, telco companies have an upper hand when it comes to deploying multi-access edge computing. In fact, the use of compute at the edge of the network reduces the need to transfer massive amounts of data to a distant data centre. The information is processed and/or stored nearer to the source, and the data transfer process is performed over secure and reliable high-speed access networks, such as fixed, 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi.

Not only does this make multi-access edge computing particularly attractive to businesses that operate time-critical edge applications such as data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation and machine learning, but it also significantly enhances efficiency and accuracy in real-time, while minimising connectivity and data storage costs.

Maxis is currently developing a series of multi-access edge computing trial use cases that leverage Maxis Programmable Network (MPN) technologies, cloud, IoT & smart solutions.

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Potential use cases include Smart Surveillance for High Definition video security cameras and wearables requiring real-time analytics, facial and object recognition, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality (AR/VR) solutions with video analytics for enhanced quality control and operations, and AI-driven 24-hour drone patrol systems with enhanced Infrared thermal cameras.

According to Paul McManus, Chief Enterprise Business Officer of Maxis, with the strong traction of digitalization, enterprises must be able to generate insights from data faster to make critical decisions in a highly competitive operating environment.

“As the nation’s leading converged solutions provider, we are excited to be the first to bring MEC to Malaysia to empower our network of enterprise customers with next-gen technologies, while enhancing our capabilities to provide secure, cost-effective and on-demand network infrastructure for businesses of all sizes,” commented McManus.

For Robert Lye, Managing Director of HPE Malaysia, the collaboration with Maxis enables them to push the boundaries of digital connectivity in the country. As a differentiated, high-value enterprise service, Lye added HPE is looking forward to many enterprises coming forth to embrace the possibilities and advantages that multi-access edge computing can offer.

The Maxis multi-access edge computing trials, powered by HPE and Saguna vEdge+ platform, feature a highly integrated microservices architecture and advanced data processing acceleration technologies, supporting multiple access technologies for heterogeneous networks, including 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi. Beginning April 2022, Maxis is extending an invitation to all businesses and developers to experience the potential use cases.

Last month, Maxis also successfully deployed the world’s first commercial Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) Tri-band (LTE 1800MHz, 2100MHz & 2600MHz) Massive-MIMO site on a live network in Malaysia with Huawei Technologies. The deployment is expected to address the rapid growth of data traffic and diverse service demands.