The country was selected for its availability of a skilled workforce, and the strong infrastructure that it offers, said David Hägerbro, President & CEO of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Ericsson.
Ericsson, a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company, has selected Malaysia as the first location in Southeast Asia where it will be manufacturing 5G equipment for domestic and regional markets.
The company plans to begin the manufacturing of its "latest, most advanced" 5G radios in the country in Q3 this year.
On why Malaysia was selected as the first location in the region, David Hägerbro, President & CEO of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, cited the country's availability of a skilled workforce, and the strong infrastructure that it offers.
"It is also an expression of Ericsson’s long-term commitment to the country, including the 5G network that we are rolling out," he added.
In line with these manufacturing plans, Hägerbro shared that Ericsson will be stepping up its investments and creating more employment opportunities in the country. He noted: "The collaboration is expected to reach up to 1,200 students in the first year alone and will enable UTM students to participate and contribute to the country’s digital economy and Industry 4.0 transformation."
Complementing the manufacturing will be Ericsson's regional Distribution Centre at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, as well as the Maintenance and Support Center in Shah Alam, "which will allow us to improve response and delivery of support services to customers in the Asia Pacific region," Hägerbro shared.
The above was announced at a meeting between Hägerbro and Malaysia's Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob on Saturday (23 July 2022).
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