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Allo Technology Sdn. Bhd. (ALLO): Creating a Single, High-Performance Network
The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered an urgency for Malaysia to address the ‘new normal’ and cater to future demands of connectivity as an enabler for all facets of life: the economy and people’s livelihoods, education, business opportunities, as well as building and connecting communities amongst others. Enter Allo Technology Sdn. Bhd. (ALLO).
ALLO provides a full suite of connectivity services through fiber infrastructure from the country’s border to border, data center connectivity, tower fiberisation, enabling cellular networks and 5G future-readiness, and fiber-to-the-home network. In line with the government’s National Digital Network (JENDELA), ALLO has positioned itself as a neutral service provider that supports retail service providers (RSPs) via its Open Access Network and wholesale network capacity for Carriers and Mobile Operators.
“We saw our current partners such as Maxis, Astro, and Digi pushing for sales to accommodate the demand for high-speed broadband services to the public. This is made possible with our Open Access Network, which allows us to collaborate with other RSPs to ensure that we can bridge the digital divide, and bring connectivity to the customers, especially in this crucial time,” says Rodzi Ahmad, the CEO of ALLO. During this time, many RSPs are also pushing to conclude the Access Agreement with ALLO so that they can also tap into this opportunity to reach their potential customers.
Through ALLO’s Open access Network, more RSPs are able to expand their digital footprint at a faster rate, and on the other hand, the customers have the option to choose the RSPs that they prefer, without being limited to only a single provider.
Further, ALLO’s Open-Access business model challenges the status quo by creating a single, high-performance network shared by all on-network providers. “This opens up more options to customers (residential or businesses) and accelerates the development of connectivity infrastructure in a shorter timeframe. Also, it stimulates healthy competition amongst service providers by offering the best packages and solutions at the best price,” states Ahmad.
As a Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) wholly owned subsidiary, ALLO is able to leverage its parent company’s infrastructure and build its backbone at a shorter time period. “Our Open Access Network uses ALLO’s backbone, which is the ALLO Carrier Network System (ACNS). It is designed for businesses to serve their customers’ broadband needs on Malaysia’s most advanced fibre network. Our circuits run on 600G DWDM technology, the first in Malaysia which spans across Malaysia from Singapore to Thailand—more robust than other networks in the country. Through three different routes, it ensures network diversity and 100 percent uptime to keep businesses running at all times,” mentions Rodzi. To illustrate, by collaborating with ALLO, an RSP can leverage high-Speed Broadband Network infrastructure to further expand its fiber footprint in Peninsular Malaysia and offer fiber services to homes and businesses in these locations. A previous partnership with an RSP has made it an operator with the most access in the country, with over 3.7 million premises covered last year.
ACNS is also connected to major data centers in Malaysia such as MY01, MY02, CJ1, NTT, CX1 in Cyberjaya, AIMS, Kuala Lumpur, Menara Ansar Johor, Global Switch, and Equinix 1 and 3 in Singapore. For the future, the company is looking to achieve one million passes in 10 years, own telecommunication towers and data centers, expand into subsea connectivity services, and manage to capture at least five percent of the market share from the incumbents. “With the number of businesses connected to the Internet, and the need for data storage and processing is growing at an exponential rate, we understand businesses need to stay on top of their digital data, and we are always expanding our networks to give the best to our customers. That is why ALLO is your preferred connectivity services partner,” concludes Rodzi.