Given the international controversy about Huawei and 5G, it is notable that the signing ceremony was attended by Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, Deputy Minister of Communication ang Berhormat Tuan Eddin Syazlee Shith, and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Yang Berusaha Encik Al-Ishsal Ishak.
The agreement includes the supply of 4G/LTE and 5G radio equipment and services.
This will allow Maxis to make its existing LTE network to be 5G-ready, facilitating a faster rollout of 5G services when spectrum is available.
Huawei also provide technical training on the planning, operations and maintenance of the 5G network.
"The impact of advanced technologies on our progress as a nation is inevitable and we cannot afford to be left behind, especially with Industry 4.0 already upon us," said Prime Minister Mahathir.
"There is no doubt that 5G will be a key driver to connecting everyone in Malaysia and transforming key industries such as manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare so that we can remain globally competitive.
"Collaboration between global players and local vendors is important to support a thriving technology ecosystem in Malaysia. I am pleased to see Maxis and Huawei taking advantage of this environment and supporting the growth of Malaysia's digital economy."
Maxis Chairman YM Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad bin Raja Tun Uda said "We are pleased to be working with global technology leader and our long term partner, Huawei, whose experience, expertise and capabilities in 5G complement our ambitions to be Malaysia's leading converged solutions company.
"We would like to thank the Government for its instrumental role in driving the 5G national agenda, and we look forward to continue working with the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia and MCMC throughout our journey."
Huawei carrier business group executive director Ryan Ding predicted a rapid digital transformation with 5G, including an accelerated adoption of IoT: "Our vision is aligned with the Government of Malaysia in bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. Maxis has always been at the forefront in introducing new technologies to Malaysia."
He added "Working together for over 10 years, Huawei has supported Maxis to become the undisputed network leader in the country."