WCC whitepaper reviews mobile broadband performance in Malaysia

11th August 2017 – WCC had published a whitepaper to elucidate the performance of mobile broadband (MBB) services in Malaysia. Study had been conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, encompassing outdoor and indoor scenarios for urban, suburban and rural areas. The study revealed sound 4G wireless network services in the Klang Valley region, despite indicators showing that the networks are becoming more congested. On the other hand, operators’ services in east Malaysia that include Sabah and Sarawak requires critical upgrade.

The performance trials had used Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones and had tested major service operators in Malaysia pertaining to web browsing and video streaming. The whitepaper then reveals that Malaysia may need an additional 307 MHz spectrum band to satisfy forecasted digital communication traffic by 2020. Current provision however, could only permits another 130 MHz spectrum usage, leading to spectrum gap of about 177 MHz. The study proposed government incentives to increase deployment of 4G network cells through partnership between the private and public sectors. Operators are also encouraged to explore the unlicensed frequency band of 5 GHz on top of licensed spectrum to provide improved operation through carrier aggregation exercise. In depth reviews can be examined from the whitepaper analysis, which is publicly accessible and downloadable from WCC website.

   Prof. Tharek (leftmost) accompanied by WCC researchers, illuminating the study results of mobile broadband user experiences in Malaysia at the Huawei Media Roundtable


Ericsson and WCC collaborated to connect mangroves sapling with IoT technologies for their conservation

14th July 2017 – WCC had teamed up with Ericsson in spearheading mangroves conservation initiatives using internet-of-things (IoT) technology for the purpose of continuous conservation of planted mangroves. The Connected Mangroves Project, which was joined by Global Environment Centre, had successfully planted 400 mangrove saplings at Kampung Dato’ Hormat, Sabak Bernam through the tireless day-long effort of about 70 UTM staffs and students, Ericssons’s staffs plus local residents as an integral part to preserve and rehabilitate the declining mangrove forest in Malaysia.

The event was one of its kind as participants also helped to equip the planted trees with IoT sensors to allow real-time information streaming on weather conditions, fires, water levels, soil fertility as well as intrusion alert to ensure mangrove growth and prevent further coastlines erosion. Through this initiative, information gathered would be analyzed from UTM-Ericsson Innovation Centre for 5G (IC5G) to facilitate the process of mangrove conservation in Malaysia.

Ericsson Malaysia & Sri Lanka President, Todd Ashton (left) discussing with WCC director, Prof. Tharek at Kampung Dato Hormat mangroves.

Ericsson and WCC hosted discussion on 5G innovations to fuel Malaysia’s digital economy aspiration

24th May 2017 – Ericsson and WCC had organised “5G Accelerating Digital Malaysia” discussion at Innovation Centre for 5G (IC5G) in UTM Kuala Lumpur to share ideas as well as roadmaps towards advancing local enterprises for global competition in the current digital economy. The event had included panels from industry players, conversing on 5G advancements and modernization.

In the discussion, Malaysia-grown companies are encouraged to embrace the digital transformation that are developing aggressively worldwide. With an apt IT infrastructure, companies could respond with greater agility to the market and grab emerging opportunities to serve customers with better experiences and improved services. The discussion also highlighted the benefits to Malaysian consumers and society with the deployment of next generation 5G system. Ericsson also showcased some of the world’s first 5G prototypes in numerous applications.

In December 2016, Ericsson had partnered with WCC to establish IC5G in UTM to engage local enterprises, institutions and Malaysian sociely at large towards realizing digital innovation, leveraging on 5G technologies.

Digital News Asia founder & CEO Karamjit Singh (centre) moderated the discussion that include, from left, Ericsson Malaysia & Sri Lanka head Todd Ashton, Celcom Axiata deputy CEO Azwan Khan Osman Khan, Scania Southeast Asia Sustainable Transport Solutions manager David Lantz and Intel Technology Asia Data Centre Platform regional director Eddie Toh

WCC co-organized technical talks with Professor Dr. Zhiguo Ding and Professor Dr. Abbas Jamalipour in UTM


17th April 2017 – Two technical talks with distinguished professors, namely Professor Dr. Zhiguo Ding and Professor Dr. Abbas Jamalipour were co-organised by Wireless Communication Centre (WCC) in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UTM last week. The first talk was a 5G tutorial session by Professor Zhiguo Ding from University of Lancaster on the 10th of April with the topic Recent Progress in Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA). NOMA is a promising candidate for 5G multiple access that has also been included in next-generation digital TV-standard. The presented talk had covered topics including fundamentals, recent progress as well as performance assessment with practical constrain pertaining to NOMA. The tutorial was sponsored under the EU-Horizon 2020’s ATOM project.

The second talk was given by Professor Abbas Jamalipour from University of Sidney on the 13th of April. The talk entitled Current and Future Research Challenges in Smart Grid Networks and the Internet of Things had touched important issues concerning security and privacy of electrical power grid network and the use of internet-of-things (IoT) for smart grid network. Both talks by the distinguished professors were co-organized with Malaysia Chapters of IEEE Communication Society as well as IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

Prof. Zhiguo Ding (left) and Prof. Abbas Jamalipour presenting their respective technical talk in UTM

WCC researcher awarded RM 20,000 grant from UTP Innovation Competition

13th April 2017 – Wireless Communication Centre (WCC) researcher, Dr Mohd Haizal Bin Jamaluddin, has secured RM 20,000 in terms of grant from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) Innovation Competition that ended last 9th of April by winning the consolation prize from the event. Dr. Haizal’s L-shaped Dielectric Resonator Antenna, which was among 30 products pitched during the competition has managed to attract competition juries’ attention and was deemed as potential research output that can be translated into marketable product. The antenna had been designed to operate in current 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) telecommunication frequency channels. Heartiest congratulation to Dr Haizal for his success.

Dr. Haizal receiving RM 20,000 URIF grant from UTP Innovation Competition

Sharing session on antenna applications with WCC researchers

16th February 2017 – A sharing session with WCC researchers on the use of antennas for different applications was organised yesterday in WCC seminar room by WCC Student Society. Leading the talk was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ramlee Bin Kamarudin and Dr. Inam Abbasi. Dr. Ramlee had shared his experience as well as expertise in designing antennas for on-body communication purpose. Dr Inam, who is a postdoctoral researcher in WCC, had on the other hand talked about passive and active reflectarray antennas that are to be used in satellite communication. Attendees had taken the opportunity to enquire on the design process involved for the antennas application presented.

Dr. Inam giving his talk on different antennas used for satellite communication

WCC researchers won IEEE Malaysia ComSoc & VTS Joint Chapter Best Paper Award

15th January 2017 – A published journal paper co-authored by WCC researchers had won the 2016 IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) and Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) best paper award. The award was presented during ComSoc / VTS Joint Chapter annual general meeting held yesterday morning in Shah Alam. The paper, which entitled ‘A Comprehensive Survey of Pilot Contamination in Massive MIMO—5G System’ was published in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials journal. The paper, which was among several nominated papers had been screened by the ComSoc/VTS Joint Chapter committee and was selected as a recognition of its contribution the field of communications and vehicular technology. Congratulation to Dr. Olakunle Elijah, Dr. Bruce Chee Yen Leow, Prof. Dr Tharek Abd Rahman, Dr. Solomon Nunoo and Dr. Solomon Zakwoi Iliya as co-authors of the awarded paper.

Dr. Elijah (leftmost), Prof. Dr. Tharek and Dr. Bruce receiving the best paper award

Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh officiating UTM-Ericsson Innovation Centre for 5G

17th December 2016 – Minister of Higher Education (MOHE), Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh had officiated Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)-Ericsson Innovation Centre for 5G (IC5G) at UTM Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The grand officiating ceremony was attended by many high-rank officers from UTM, MOHE as well as Ericsson. IC5G is the brainchild of collaboration initiative between WCC and Ericsson that begun as a joint-research work towards developing strong competitive edge in the new digital economy.  Ericsson’s sponsorship comes in the form of direct investment and in-kind investment to support research for the IC5G project. The centre will features 5G innovations showcase, a 5G research laboratory and a 5G learning space. Datuk Seri Idris, while officiating IC5G, applauded UTM for its collaboration with Ericsson. Earlier, Mr Todd Ashton who is the president of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka had exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UTM vice chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Wahid Omar. UTM-Ericsson IC5G is the first Ericsson university partnership in Southeast Asia and the first 5G innovation centre in the Asia Pacific region.

Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh during the plaque signing ceremony to officiated UTM-Ericsson ICFG

WCC researchers won awards at INATEX 2016

10th October 2016 – Three of WCC researchers won awards for their innovative research products demonstrated during the 18th Industrial Art & Technology Exhibition (INATEX) held on last 4th ­to 6th of October. Dr. Mohd Haizal Bin Jamaluddin’s MIMO dielectric resonator antenna had won the gold award as well as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) Special Award in his maiden participation of the celebrated event.  Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Sharulkamal Bin Abdul Rahim on the other hand had exhibited two different antenna designs for diverse application and had taken a gold and a silver medals for both products. Dr. Bruce Leow Chee Yen was also another silver award recipient with his software defined full duplex relay product.

Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Sharulkamal posed with their awards and research team

The INATEX is an R&D exhibition showcasing UTM inventions and innovations. The aim of INATEX is to promote the research findings or products to the public and to identify technology or latest products with potential for commercialization. The event also provide a platform for interaction between UTM researchers and the industry in order to create beneficial networking in the creation of wealth through innovative R&D. Congratulation to all the WCC award recipients.

Prof. Dr. Tharek among recipients of 2016 Top Research Scientists Malaysia Award

18th August 2016 – A very big congratulation to the director of WCC, Prof. Dr. Tharek, who was among the recipients of Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) 2016, organized by Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM). The award ceremony was held on last 15th ­of August with The award presented by DYMM Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibuddin Shah Al-Maghfullah, the Sultan of Perak.

The TRSM is an initiative by ASM under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia, in line with its focus on fostering a culture of excellence in science, technology and innovation (STI). The initiative aims to identify and recognize the leading research scientists in Malaysia. The output of this initiative is a TRSM profile that would provide a centralized point of reference on leading scientists in Malaysia along with information on their research areas. The recognition is given to research scientists holding Malaysian citizenship & working in Malaysia whose outstanding achievements in STI have been nationally and internationally recognised.

Prof. Dr. Tharek alongside Prof. Dr. Mazlan and Prof. Dr. Azman were the 2016 Top Research Scientists awards recipients from UTM