unlike traditional poles, the Elab 01’s cabinet design which can house multiple connectivities such as 5G, 4G, wifi routers, power units and even a smart streetlight function.
KUALA LUMPUR: Austral Techsmith has commenced collaboration efforts with telecommunication infrastructure providers to install its all-in-one Elab 01 smart street poles in the country.
As Malaysian 5G smart pole pioneer, Austral Techsmith’s poles provide seamless integration for numerous network services and facility provider functions across Malaysia.
The greater power of bandwidth and connectivity that comes together with 5G means more poles are needed—as an all-in-one innovation for 5G on-ground deployment using a single pole, unlike traditional poles, the Elab 01’s cabinet design with extra spaces reducing not only carbon footprint through its’ smart features but also integrates seamlessly with the urban landscape aesthetic. Measuring 18 metres tall, the pole can house multiple connectivities such as 5G, 4G, wifi routers, power units and even a smart streetlight function.
“Every Elab 01 pole standing out there is another towering proof of the power of locals to innovate even in relatively new technology like 5G. Designing Elab 01 has been a pleasure as we combined the best of what we learned from the global technology providers with local ingenuity in understanding the needs and solutions for the local ecosystem. This is merely the first of more to come from Austral Techsmith as we might be very new but we learn, adapt and innovate fast too,” said the company’s chief operating officer, Soh Chong Meng.
Austral Techsmith’s chief executive officer, Azfar Zubri, in a statement, said that utilisation of smart technology such as multi-functional poles is the way forward and that he is proud of his team to be part of the nation’s technological development journey. As of Apr 25, 2022, 31 Elab 01 poles have been erected around Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, Perak.
“As a Malaysian, I am very proud that local R&D, local engineers and technicians with local proprietary IP in a humble small SME could contribute to the much-awaited national 5G rollout. Not only will this help Austral Techsmith scale, but more importantly gives me and my team the conviction to innovate better IPs and penetrate overseas markets too.”
The adoption of smart poles as part of the smart city project is widespread in many countries in order to harmonise mobile infrastructure and these multifunctional poles will replace existing light poles, which will help local councils provide increased and improved services from data insights collected.
The Sarawak-based company is currently working on fresh designs that are undergoing testing to support the telecommunications industry in Malaysia as well as internationally for global expansion.