Paving the way to future-proof its townships, renowned developer Gamuda Land and Maxis, Malaysia’s converged communications and digital services company, have formed a strategic partnership to appoint Maxis as the preferred connectivity and solutions provider to create Malaysia’s first Maxis-delivered 5G township for Gamuda Cove, Gamuda Land’s latest township development, when 5G is eventually launched in the country.
Taking progressive steps towards transformative efforts that will future-proof its townships, both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Maxis to provide and deploy 5G network infrastructure and services in Gamuda Cove in the future.
The partnership will also see both parties exploring smart city and smart retailing solutions across all Gamuda Land townships in Malaysia. Gamuda Land will also be working with Maxis to fibre up parts of Gamuda Cove with its high-speed broadband connectivity, opening up even more possibilities for digital services for the township’s community as well as businesses.
Game-changing MoU for a Smart City
Addressing global challenges faced such as environmental degradation, climate change, depleting natural resources. inequality and more has prompted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone. The term “smart city” has since gained popularity across the globe. This mainly conjures the use of technologies to solve urban issues through transformative and engaged efforts.
“This MoU is a crucial step for us towards developing smart sustainable city in Gamuda Land townships. We definitely see technology as a key enabler in driving a smart and sustainable environment into the future but a smart city is not only about cutting-edge technology. It is about smart planning ahead and visualising long-term growth for our townships,” said Ngan Chee Meng, CEO of Gamuda Land, adding that Gamuda Land’s masterplan blueprint needs to be flexible to adopt new technologies in mobility and lifestyle and this is where Maxis’ expertise in network infrastructure and services will add value to Gamuda Land’s townships.
“At Maxis, our commitment is to cater to the evolving digital lifestyles of everyone – reaching even more individuals, homes and businesses through our capabilities in converged solutions. We are pleased to be working with Gamuda Land for the provision of world-class fixed and mobile infrastructure, with our shared ambition of providing total connectivity solutions for entire communities. This is an important partnership as we unlock the immense potential and possibilities of next generation technologies and smart solutions. We applaud Gamuda Land for their vision of a smart sustainable city, and thank them for their continued confidence and trust in us,” said Gokhan Ogut, CEO of Maxis.
The partnership comes on the back of a previous collaboration in 2018 where Maxis provided a customised MaxisOne Home fibre plan for Gamuda Land’s twentyfive.7 township in Kota Kemuning.
The potential of 5G in a future of smart city solutions
5G is the next generation of mobile communications. Once it is available at Gamuda Cove, it means much more than just enhanced connectivity with speeds of up to 10 times higher than what the 4G network can do today. Importantly, it opens up the community to unimaginable possibilities of smart technologies. The current 4G era has enabled technologies such as seamless mobile and cloud applications. By evolving to 5G, it will enable much higher speed data transfer, low latency and greater reliability. What the community will be witnessing is a quantum leap into more possibilities, where technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices, autonomous vehicles as well as robotic applications that need to utilize and load a vast amount of data will be ubiquitous in the township.
Maxis has long started its 5G journey, assessing the technology and conducting demo trials in its test lab over the last few years. In March 2019, Maxis was the first to commence 5G live trials in the country to provide a deeper analysis of 5G characteristics, including the use of spectrum in higher bands, co-existence with current services, as well as use cases such as Gigabit high speed Mobile Internet and Ultra High-Definition VR applications.
Nature Sanctuary, Smart City
Dubbed “nature sanctuary, smart city”, Gamuda Cove is Gamuda Land’s latest township development located in the Southern Klang Valley, along the Elite Highway and opposite Cyberjaya with close proximity to KLIA and KLIA2. The 1,530-acre township is poised to be Malaysia’s first nature inspired smart city with the inclusion of smart transit system, seamless mobility planning and sustainable landscaping that creates a healthy ecosystem for the community.
Bordering the 1,100-acre Paya Indah Wetlands on the South and 2,500-acre Kuala Langat Forest Reserve on the North, surrounded by indigenous woodlands and waterside meadows, nature is omnipresent within Gamuda Cove. Featuring a 60-acre pet friendly central park with interconnected lakes, Gamuda Land’s sustainable landscaping mindfully blends the wetlands and forest reserves into its neighbourhoods.
Comprising more than 20,000 residential units upon full completion, Gamuda Cove is envisioned as a holistic township with residential, commercial, wellness, entertainment and educational components.