KUALA LUMPUR: Integrated telecommunication infrastructure services provider Naza Communications Sdn Bhd (NCSB) is set to increase its footprint in Malaysia with a target roll-out of 300 to 600 towers by 2019.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Al-Fazirul David Abdullah said the expansion would be achieved through optimising upfront investment and maximising roll-outs.
To date, NCSB, a subsidiary of Naza Group of Companies, has invested RM20 million and erected 200 towers across the country, and planned to build another 1,000 towers in the next five years.
In a statement Al-Fazirul said NCSB was exploring new and innovative approaches to achieve the company's nation-building objectives.
"One of our three main agenda is nation building, where we aim to bridge the communication gaps in the country by rectifying the telecommunication blind spots to people and businesses in rural, suburban and urban areas, and indirectly increasing everyone's revenue."
"For this, we are working with the government, regulators, local authorities, agencies and telco, as well as, non-telco players," he said
NCSB's other two agenda are enhancing technology advancement and growing its business footprint in the country.
To achieve these two objectives, the company said it would look beyond a traditional tower play and planned to become a technology player by reinventing the industry.
"We will explore and create a diverse range of products, and look into new ways of doing business and forming new revenue sources for the company," it said.
Moving forward, Fazirul said NCSB would look at strategic collaborations, acquisitions and organic growth.
"We are open to work with non-traditional technology players, or any interested parties, to realise this objective," he said.
The CEO said the expanding telecommunications market has plenty of room for business expansion.
"While technology adoption has happened rapidly across the country, with even school children in rural areas these days carrying mobile phones, coverage is still a problem with infrastructure lagging or not growing in tandem."
"Despite the various players in the market, NCSB is carving a niche for itself in the marketplace by offering future-ready enablement platforms to both urban, sub-urban and rural areas," he added.