Malaysian Access Forum Berhad

The Malaysian Access Forum Berhad (MAFB) was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, with its first subscribers being Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Maxis Communications Berhad. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has formally designated MAFB as the ‘Access Forum’ under the CMA. MAFB is thus recognised as the industry forum dealing with access and interconnection issues in Malaysia under the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA). This innovative initiative is intended to develop a new mechanism for consensus building and self regulation in the communications and multimedia industry in Malaysia.

As an independent body from the MCMC, MAFB will play a very important role in the establishment of ‘Access Code’, which is to be a voluntary industry code setting out applicable terms and conditions for matters pertaining to access and interconnection for the provision of facilities and services listed in the “Access List” by an “Access Provider” to an “Access Seeker”.

International Frame work for Technical, Pricing

There are two major approaches to access – our focus today is on fixed NGA
l Next Generation Access networks are being deployed across the world as both wireless and wireline
w Wireless networks are typically using a range of different technologies – HSPA, HSPA+, W iMAX and
w Wireline networks are increasingly deploying some form of fibre – termed as FTTx
– Fibre to the Premises or Home (FTTH)
– Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)
Today’s discussion will focus on the fixed aspects of the NGA

NGAs can be deployed using FTTC or FTTH

Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC, also called fibre-to-thenode/neighbourhood and fibre-to-the-kerb/curb)
– Retains copper sub-loops (telcos) or shared co-ax
(cable ops) for final connection to subscriber
– Typically provides speeds of 50 Mb/s (telco VDSL
deployments) or 100-200 Mb/s shared (cable DOCSIS
3.0 deployments)
– Requires powered street cabinets (which most telco
incumbents do not have at present) for copper to fibre
interface equipment but still less expensive than FTTP
for many incumbents
l Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP, also called fibre-to-thebuilding)
– Entire local loop replaced by fibre
– For single-family dwellings this is fibre-to-the-home
(FTTH). In multi-dwelling units (i.e. blocks of flats), the
in-building distribution may still be via copper
– There are several different implementations (see next
– Provides higher data rates and is more future-proof
than fibre-to-the-cabinet

The Voluntary Access Code must be fair and must take care of the interest of all parties regardless of their size and market position and must consider the overall interest of communications and multimedia industry and most importantly the long term interest of the end user.

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