In driving enterprise 5G adoption forward, the MalaysianResearch Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI) has on last Friday brought together 20 key stakeholders to discuss pertinent issues, as well as to connect and collaborate on initiatives to progress the design, development and deployment of industry and enterprise 5G innovations in order to raise Malaysia’s competitiveness.

Cited a recent report by GSMA Intelligence, MRANTI said in a statement that Malaysia currently has a 1 percent adoption rate of 5G despite achieving close to 50 percent 5G population coverage.

It said that industry pundits have alluded that a key indicator for the success of 5G must include enterprise innovation and use cases that provide compelling applications to intensify industry adoption.

With Malaysia’s ambition to raise its competitiveness and be a regional leader in 5G, it said new 5G enabled ports, smart hospitals, automated vehicles, smart manufacturing facilities and more must be designed, especially as neighboring countries have already deployed such industry-focussed solutions to market.

“As many enterprises fast-track their digitalisation plans, we want to offer the right enabling environment – beyond infrastructure and technologies, for them to realize the full value of 5G,” said Dzuleira Abu Bakar, Chief Executive Officer, MRANTI.

Cited the 2022 EY Reimagining Industry Futures study, MRANTI said only 24 percent of enterprises are truly confident that their organization can successfully implement 5G.

In this, many are said to be looking for transformation partners, not just technology suppliers – with up to 75 percent citing that ecosystem strategies as central to their five-year growth outlook.

“With pressures to accelerate innovation whilst inking revenue for new products and services, enterprise 5G implementations must demonstrate positive financial outcomes with confidence – and cross-sector collaborations offer a good way forward,” said Dzuleira.

“At MRANTI, we connect innovators, researchers and businesses with resources and capabilities to drive better return on innovation,

“Beyond the hardware, partners and stakeholders – including telcos, government, corporate innovators, technical experts, academia and civil society – play an important role to incubate and catalyse innovations for a more enriching data-driven future,” she added.

According to her, these multi-stakeholder roundtable discussions open up new possibilities for dynamic business models and technical collaborations that serve to advance 5G enterprise development and adoption, Dzuleira.

Dzuleira also explained that MRANTI PARK would provide a 5G enterprise-purposed facility soon.

“MRANTI 5G Experience Centre, to be launched by mid 2023, unlocks the potential for a wide variety of use cases to be developed, including those that help corporations meet
sustainability goals and improve supply chain management – two top agendas of investors and the public alike,

“The Centre will host a prototyping, test, demo and lab area with speeds up to 1GBps to showcase industry applications and use cases by vertical sectors,” she added.

Infrastructure service providers, telcos and enterprises looking to partner on programs, test-bed a 5G Proof-of-Concept, test a 5G solution, or learn about applied 5G are welcome to connect with MRANTI.

At MRANTI Park, innovators can leverage ultra fast 5G data networks for better communication efficiency (higher data rates, lower latency), connection density (reliability,
availability and coverage) and position accuracy (higher user mobility).

The roundtable discussions follow from the recent tripartite Memorandum of Understanding inked between MRANTI, Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) and Ericsson to accelerate the commercialisation of 5G-enabled Science, Technology, Innovation and Economy (STIE) solutions by and for enterprises based in Malaysia.

MRANTI, a convergence of Technology Park Malaysia (TPM Corp) and the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), is Malaysia’s central research commercialization agency that fast-tracks the development of technology innovations from ideas to impact.

MRANTI serves as a connector, incubator and catalyst to enable early-stage ideation to mature entities to commercialise and scale.

It offers innovators and industry access to integrated infrastructure, programs, services, facilities and a suite of resources.

In doing so, MRANTI aims to expand Malaysia’s funnel of innovation supply, and unlock new research and development (R&D) value by ensuring effective transitions in the commercialization lifecycle.

It will also link academia with industry and the public sector to streamline market-driven R&D efforts for mission-based outcomes.

MRANTI is headquartered at MRANTI Park, an extensive 686 acre 4IR innovation hub in Kuala Lumpur, supporting the growth of smart manufacturing, biotech, agritech, smart city, green tech and enabling technology clusters.

The agency also runs a number of knowledge sessions and workshops for enterprise innovation.

As a 4IR hub, MRANTI has five focus areas including dronetech, healthtech, agritech, bioscience and advanced technologies.