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LANGKAWI: Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) in partnership with Hospital Sultanah Maliha in Langkawi and Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) presented Malaysia’s first 5G-connected ambulance.

Digi’s Chief Technology Officer, Kesavan Sivabalan said: “The presentation underscores the impact of 5G in key industry verticals such as healthcare. It shows how gigabytes of data can be transferred during an emergency transfer. This is a key development in enabling remote healthcare monitoring and diagnosis too.

During the live demonstration, the paramedics perform real-life simulation of how patient’s vital signs such as ECG readings and ultrasound scans taken while en route for hospital in the 5G-connected ambulance.

The critical medical information, which often in gigabyte sizes are then passed on, in real-time, to the hospital so necessary preparation can be done while awaiting patients’ arrival. The continuous streaming of data from when the paramedics arrive (at emergency location) right up to patient arriving at the hospital will improve patient care experiences.

“Our doctors can now potentially improve emergency medical care response times. Through this technology, doctors can achieve higher level of accuracy in patients’ diagnostic especially in emergency healthcare where time is of the essence,” said Dr Mansor Ismail, director of Hospital Sultanah Maliha who added that the use of such technology in medical line has the potential to transform the face of healthcare in the future.

The 5G-connected ambulance showcase is part of Digi’s use case in the 5G Demonstration Project (5GDP) undertaken by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to facilitate, develop and foster 5G usage.

Currently Digi has two 5G live sites on the Langkawi Island—one near Langkawi International Airport and the second station is on Hospital Sultanah Maliha’s compound. The second 5G mobile base station located near the hospital operates on C-band spectrum of 3.4-3.5GHz (100MHz bandwidth) with a speed of 1.2Gbps.

At the same time, Digi also shared that they are facilitating new 5G use case tests at the 5G OpenLab space, an incubator space for businesses, academics and developers located in Cyberjaya.

The 5G OpenLab aims to build and nurture the development of potential 5G ecosystem in a live but controlled environment with the goal of identifying more viable use cases that has the potential to better the community.

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