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Friday, 2 March 2012

UPM, UM to deploy 4G Mobile Internet under YTL´s Education Partner Programme


Professor Tan Sri Datuk Dr Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, UPM Vice Chancellor (left) with Yasmin Mahmood, YTL Comms Executive Director

              Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Malaya (UM) have joined YTL Communications Sdn Bhd´s Education Partner Program (EPP), which will see 4G Mobile Internet being deployed campus-wide for their students.

              Under the EPP partnership, each student will also receive free converged data and voice services of 300 megabytes per user, on a monthly basis over a period of 3 years at anytime and from anywhere throughout the campus grounds. 
On top of that, the students will be able to top up their accounts at special student rates. 
UM sees 4G Mobile Internet as a perfect tool to enhance students´ lives on campus.
"The combination of 4G Broadband & Voice service under one account is a great value proposition to our students. When every ringgit needs to be stretched, it helps that our students can use their 300 megabytes of free broadband to make free phone calls, too," said Dr. David Asirvatham, Director, Center for Information Technology, UM.
On the other hand, the 4G Mobile Internet can help UPM with its model of Ubiquitous Learning, which relies on the Malaysian Research and Education Network (MYREN), a high-capacity broadband network that connects universities, colleges, research organisations and scientific laboratories, explained Associate Professor Dr. Suhaimi Napis, CTO and Director, InfoComm Development Centre (iDEC), UPM.
           The university also has a number of cloud services that can support blended learning – a mixture of remote and on-premise education. For example, the video collaboration services, 1VideoBridge, make live virtual classes possible, while uCast, modelled after a popular video-sharing portal, facilitates video-on-demand
"All this innovation that supports the ubiquitous learning model can´t be fully harnessed by the students without high speed Internet access that is available everywhere and from any device," said Suhaimi. 
             UPM and UM are the third and fourth local university respectively to join the EPP program in the last two months after UTM and UTAR. 
All twenty of Malaysia´s public universities and selected private universities are expected to join the programme by the end of year.

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