Huawei to Champion DiGi’s 3G Project

Huawei Technologies is ready to embark on an aggressive recruitment drive after it was appointed DiGi’s vendor to manage the roll out and implementation of DiGi’s 3G network.

Under the contract, Huawei will be supplying UMTS Radio Access and Packet-Switched Core Network equipment and services, as well as undertaking the design, supply, integration, installation, optimization and maintenance work for the early phase of the 3G network implementation.

The recruitment drive will be carried out to get talents and expertise and fulfill the technical positions made available for the project.

Huawei Technologies is the largest network and mobile telecommunication in China, with expertise in research and development, production and marketing, and offering customized network solutions for its customers. The company employs more than 60,000 employees in over 80 facilities worldwide. Its Malaysia operation is headquartered in KLCC.

After being denied a 3G license for years, DiGi finally can breath a sign of relief after being granted access to tap into the 3G spectrum end of year 2007, even that means the holding company Telenor ASA has to give up its majority ownership. It was achieved after DiGi and Time dotCom Bhd (TDC) reached an agreement to transfer the 3G spectrum to DiGi and allowing DiGi to have access to a wider fibre optic network.

DiGi Has Johan Dennelind as New CEO

DiGi has appointed Johan Dennelind (pic) as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), replacing Morten Lundal who will be leaving DiGi effective on 31 March 2008. Morten Lundal is not extending its contract with DiGi, which has now gone into its 4th term, and will be joining Vodafone. Vodafone, the largest telecommunication network company by market value which has base in London, was previously Manchester United’s football team major sponsor.

Dennelind was recruited by Lundal in 2004 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and later served as Chief Marketing Executive (CMO). The outgoing CEO, Lundal was considered a key person that has propelled DiGi in the telecommunication sector in Malaysia and under Lundal’s leadership, DiGi attained its status as one of the most popular mobile network providers. In 2006, Morten and Datuk Abdul Wahid Omar of Telekom Malaysia (TM) were announced joint-winners of CEO of The Year Award. Morten’s departure will be a loss to DiGi.

New DiGi CEO-Johan DennelindDiGi Telecommunications is Malaysia’s first foreign owned telecommunication company, when a Norwegian corporation, Telenor ASA completed 61% percent acquisition of DiGi in 2001. Telenor is an international provider of telecommunication, data and media communication services listed on Nasdaq Exchange in New York.

DiGi is also the first telco in Malaysia that launched and operates a fully digital cellular network, as well as the first to launch cost-saving prepaid mobile service in the country. DiGi’s present services and products include voice services (prepaid, postpaid and international services) dan data services (messaging, GPRS/EDGE and WAP).

Dennelind, 38 years old, is a Swedish and married with 2 children. One of his first tasks as the new DiGi CEO is to spearhead DiGi’s acquisition of Time DotCom’s 3G license.