Malaysia’s First 4G WiMAX Operator Packet One Selects Juniper Networks For New MPLS Core

Juniper Networks announced that Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“Packet One”), Malaysia's leading 4G WiMAX service provider, has deployed Juniper Networks® MX Series Universal Edge Routers to create a new high-speed, service-enabling MPLS core network. With the MX Series, Packet One has increased network capacity while reducing operational costs and accelerating the delivery of advanced fixed and mobile wireless broadband services.

Packet One acquired one of Malaysia's four WiMAX licenses in March 2007, and was first to market with its service launch in August 2008. In the following 12 months, it signed up more than 80,000 customers, including a sizable share of new broadband business customers in competition with the incumbent fixed network service provider. To date, Packet One has over 200,000 subscribers.

“The broadband market is relatively under-served in Malaysia and we are supporting the government's goal of reaching 50 percent of households by the end of this year. We are on track to extend our 4G WiMAX coverage to 45 percent of Malaysians households by the end of this year, with the goal of hitting 65 percent by 2012,” said Michael Lai, CEO of Packet One. “To deliver the full benefits of 4G WiMAX to our customers and maximize revenue opportunities, it is essential to have a highly stable core network. The deployment of Juniper Networks MX Series routers helps to monetize our 4G network by accelerating service delivery, while reducing operational costs and complexity.”

The previous MPLS network had a single-layer star topology that Packet One found difficult to scale and to ensure high availability. The network was re-architected into two layers – deploying Juniper Networks MX960 routers at the central core and MX480 routers for regional aggregation – to meet Packet One’s network stability and scalability requirements while improving manageability.

To increase revenue per customer, Packet One plans to roll out a range of rich media services, including voice-over-Internet Protocol and mobile video. By leveraging a single operating system – Junos®– to deliver a comprehensive range of services, the MX Series provides Packet One with intelligent edge services that increase service speed and flexibility, while reducing operational costs.

“Innovative 4G wireless broadband providers such as Packet One are increasingly deploying next-generation network infrastructures that can meet the experience expectations of today’s mobile subscribers while developing a path for the introduction of new services,” said Wan Ahmad Kamal, Managing Director, Juniper Networks Malaysia. “With an MPLS network based on the MX Series, Packet One can provide 4G services today while building in long-term scalability and flexibility that can support new and emerging bandwidth-intensive mobile applications and services.”

In May 2010, Packet One was recognized by the highly coveted Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Telecom Awards as the most promising service provider of the year.