Our people are critical to us in achieving our goals. We prepare them for the future by developing the right skills and talent to ensure they deliver the right experience to our customers.

edotco's unique position in the industry enable us to offer exceptional opportunities to exceptional individuals. Our culture is based on integrity, accountability and hard work; whether you are working in the field or in the office, every day is different bringing its own interesting challenges.

Established in 2003, edotco Group is the leading independent telecoms infrastructure services company providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector including co-locations, built-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).

With a regional portfolio of over 13,000 towers across our home markets of Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Cambodia; and 12,000 km of fiber in Pakistan, edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecoms infrastructure services and solutions. As we move into a connected future, it is our aim to seize the opportunities that enables us to grow and meet the increasing demands of our community. At edotco, we shape the future by enabling connectivity to make a positive impact on the community we live in and lift the limits for a more connected tomorrow.

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edotco Cambodia Accelerates Growth with Opening of New Office in Phnom Penh

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edotco Cambodia Accelerates Growth with Opening of New Office in Phnom Penh

 

Phnom Penh, 21st September 2018: edotco (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. (“edotco Cambodia”), an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services provider, today announced the grand opening of its new office in Phnom Penh. The move to a bigger and more centrally-located office is a reflection of the company’s growing team and operations in the country.

Located at the Keystone Building, in Khan Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh, the new office which has the capacity to accommodate more than 60 employees will house the entire edotco Cambodia operations. This move will also enable the team to better serve and support existing and new clients within a shorter time frame, many who operate at central locations within Phnom Penh.

“The opening of our new office today marks the start of a new chapter for us, and it also signifies the continuous growth of our operations in Cambodia and in the region,” said Mr. Phillip Wong, Chief Regional Officer-Growth Markets of edocto Group. “With the strategic location of our new office in the heart of Phnom Penh, we will be able to reach and engage our clients easily and provide them with timely quality service and support. We are committed to continue providing end-to-end solutions to our customers and enabling connectivity in the country.

edotco Cambodia has been operating since 2013. The company has grown its portfolio, now comprising of over 3,550 towers – with over 2,250 towers directly operated and owned by edotco, and a further 1,300 towers managed through a range of services provided. The towers directly owned by edotco represent about 25% of the total number of telecom towers in Cambodia.

The company continues to invest great efforts to accelerate its growth in delivering outstanding services and solutions to customers in Cambodia. edotco Cambodia’s operations will continue to focus on providing state-of-the-art solutions which will not only facilitate proliferation of mobile connectivity, but also maximize operational efficiencies though leveraging new technologies to enhance the telecommunications infrastructure industry.

In the near future, edotco Cambodia will work towards deploying next generation solutions like bamboo infrastructure, small cells, in-building solutions and smart lamp poles towards meeting the 4G and 4.5G capacity requirements of Cambodia.

The grand opening ceremony of edotco Cambodia’s new office was attended by dignitaries, leaders from related partners, together with edotco’s staff and senior management to celebrate the momentous occasion.

About edotco Cambodia

edotco (Cambodia) Co., Ltd., was launched as an independent business in 2013 and is part of the Malaysia-based Axiata Group, one of Asia’s leading telecommunications groups, with Mobile Telephone, Network infrastructure and Digital Internet companies, serving approximately 290 million subscribers in 10 countries across the region. edotco Cambodia is constantly expanding its operations, currently owning and operating more than 2,200 telecom towers throughout Cambodia.

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Edotco (Cambodia) Co., Ltd.
Keystone Building, #146, Unit 3AB, Norodom Blvd,
Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tel: +855 10 209 999

edotco and seller agree to end acquisition process for Deodar in Pakistan

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edotco and seller agree to end acquisition process for Deodar in Pakistan

 

Kuala Lumpur, 17 September 2018 – edotco Group Sdn Bhd (“edotco”), a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (“Axiata”), today announced that they will not be moving forward with the acquisition of 13,000 towers from Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (“PMCL”) in Pakistan.

The transaction was subject to a number of conditions and terminated due to the non-fulfilment of the conditions precedent to the SPA within the stipulated timeframe, in particular regulatory approval for the resulting change of control contemplated under the SPA.

edotco remains committed to Pakistan and will continue to grow its existing business under edotco Pakistan, comprising today of the towers acquired by Tanzanite Towers carried out earlier this year.

Suresh Sidhu, Chief Executive Office of edotco Group, said “We do not foresee this affecting our business goals and aspirations. We are confident in the potential of the growing market in Pakistan and are committed to the existing operations there. We continue to develop our pipeline of opportunities into Pakistan as well as into other markets in South and South East Asia and are confident we will be able to meet our goals for business growth”

Arif Hussain, Country Managing Director for edotco Pakistan, added “We have seen strong progress in Pakistan since our first acquisition here and business continues to grow with new orders for sites as well as high demand for adjacent opportunities such as energy solutions. We remain focused on building the business in Pakistan”.

About edotco Group

Established in 2012, edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).

edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 28,000 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with 17,000 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 11,000 towers managed through a range of services provided. edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecommunications infrastructure services and solutions. Its state-of-the-art real time monitoring service, echo, has already seen improvements in field operations while maximizing operational efficiencies in terms of battery, energy and fuel consumption for telecommunications infrastructure.

edotco Group was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2018 Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award for its demonstrated exemplary business growth and performance in the region.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Annushia Balavijendran
Group Corporate Communications
Tel: +603 2268 6014
Email: annushia@edotcogroup.com

edotco to boost network coverage at Mandalay International Airport

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edotco to boost network coverage at Mandalay International Airport

 

Yangon, Myanmar [6 SEPTEMBER 2018] – edotco Myanmar (edotco MM), an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company has been selected by MC-Jalux Airport Services Co. Ltd. (MJAS) as the exclusive In-building Solutions (IBS) provider for Mandalay International Airport. Through this appointment, edotco will provide the end-to-end solutions required for improving network coverage at the airport.

Deployed earlier this year, edotco’s IBS solutions will deliver seamless, consistent, and high-quality connectivity to millions of passengers travelling through the airport. Mandalay International Airport has recorded a consistent rise in passenger numbers since 2010.

“Myanmar is an emerging tourism destination and Mandalay International Airport has the capacity to handle up to 3 million passengers a year. With connectivity becoming essential to travelers, our strategic collaboration with MJAS will enable mobile operators to provide fast, stable, and reliable services. We will leverage our next generation technologies and industry best practices to improve coverage at the airport,” said Vijendran Watson, Country Managing Director for edotco Myanmar.

“We recognise edotco’s continuous efforts to enhance connectivity not only in Myanmar but throughout the region. With the growing number of passengers, we are implementing various solutions in preparation for increased coverage and capacity requirements. We are confident that edotco will be able to leverage their cross-market experience to deliver superior network coverage at Mandalay International Airport,” said Kei Goto, General Manger, MJAS.

Three major network operators Ooredoo Myanmar Limited, Telenor Myanmar Limited and Telecom International Myanmar Company Limited (Mytel) have confirmed participation and begin services as mobile service providers.

In Myanmar and throughout the region, edotco has been rolling out best-in-class solutions that allow mobile operators to improve network quality and rapidly increase their capacity.

“We are committed to partnering the country in achieving its digital agenda and playing a key role in ensuring greater connectivity across Myanmar. Beyond traditional telecommunications services, we provide tailor-made innovative solutions and special structures as well as other auxiliary services such as energy provision and management, all aimed towards ensuring an enhanced experience for mobile users” added Vijendran.

edotco MM, part of Malaysia’s edotco Group, has been working closely with local partners to advance the telecommunication industry since 2015, following the acquisition of Myanmar Tower Company. Today, edotco owns and operates more than 1,700 tower sites across the country.

About edotco Group

Established in 2012, edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).

edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 27,500 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with 16,760 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 10,957 towers managed through a range of services provided. edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecommunications infrastructure services and solutions. Its state-of-the-art real-time monitoring service, echo, has already seen improvements in field operations while maximizing operational efficiencies in terms of battery, energy and fuel consumption for telecommunications infrastructure.

edotco Group was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2018 Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award for its demonstrated exemplary business growth and performance in Southeast Asia.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Annushia Balavijendran
Group Corporate Communications
Tel: +603 2268 6014
Email: annushia@edotcogroup.com

edotco and Huawei pilot world’s first multi operator, multi technology Small Cells solution

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edotco and Huawei pilot world’s first multi operator, multi technology Small Cells solution

 

Kuala Lumpur, 7 September 2018 – edotco Malaysia and Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd today announced the world’s first ever multi operator, multi technology indoor solution that will be capable of improving data coverage and throughput speed by up to four times for all Mobile Network Operators in Malaysia. This in-building solution will enhance the mobile user experiences of the thousands of commuters who pass through the concourse of Station Sentral Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) daily.

This landmark next generation telecommunications infrastructure will be installed in two strategic locations at the ground floor of KL Sentral and have colocation capabilities for multiple mobile network operators (MNOs).

edotco Group Chief Regional Officer, Wan Zainal Adileen said, “This collaboration emphasizes our commitment towards not only making the right sharable infrastructure available but to also ensure that it is sustainable and can support future mobile user requirements. Our mutual passion for innovating puts us in the forefront of driving the industry and this first of its kind solution will definitely set benchmarks for all players in the ecosystem.

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Chief Executive Officer, Baker Zhou remarked, “I am pleased that edotco, who has established themselves as a leading independent tower company, has chosen to work hand-in-hand with Huawei as the technology partner in this landmark project. This paves the way for the uptake of innovative telecommunications infrastructure capable of supporting the increased data demand. We are excited to be part of building a more connected, digital and intelligent Malaysia alongside edotco.”

The solutions are being integrated and optimised to go live in the third quarter of 2018, and is a significant landmark move towards making multi technology solutions that are 5G ready a reality in Malaysia.

About edotco Group

Established in 2012, edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).

edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 27,000 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with 16,391 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 10,821 towers managed through a range of services provided. edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecommunications infrastructure services and solutions. Its state-of-the-art real-time monitoring service, echo, has already seen improvements in field operations while maximizing operational efficiencies in terms of battery, energy and fuel consumption for telecommunications infrastructure.

edotco Group was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2018 Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award for its demonstrated exemplary business growth and performance in Southeast Asia.

About Huawei Technologies (Malaysia)

Huawei is a world-leading ICT (information and communications) infrastructure and smart device provider. Huawei is committed to bringing the digital world into everyone, every family, and every organization to build a smart world of everything. We provide customers with competitive, secure, reliable products, solutions, and services in the fields of communications networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services, open cooperation with ecosystem partners, and continuously create value for customers, unleash personal potential, enrich family life, and stimulate organization innovation. Huawei adheres to continuous innovation based on customer needs, increases investment in basic research, and promotes the progress of the world. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private enterprise owned by employees. Currently, Huawei has 180000 employees and operates in more than 170 countries and regions.

For more information, please visit the following website: www.huawei.com

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Annushia Balavijendran
Group Corporate Communications
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Email: annushia@edotcogroup.com

edotco Bangladesh Receives Conditional Approval For Tower Sharing License

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edotco Bangladesh Receives Conditional Approval For Tower Sharing License

 

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 August 2018: edotco Bangladesh (“edotco BD”), an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Bangladesh, has been selected by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to obtain a conditional tower sharing license. Upon completion of the conditions, this license will allow edotco to build and manage telecommunications towers for multiple mobile network operators in the country.

edotco BD, has been at the forefront of the country’s tower infrastructure landscape since 2013, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy management, transmission and operations and maintenance. The company recently announced Getco, a prominent Bangladesh-based conglomerate as a 30% shareholder and strategic partner. Through its subsidiary Greencon Tower Company Limited, Getco will partner with edotco to provide next-generation infrastructure to meet the country’s growing connectivity needs.

Rahul Chaudhary, Country Managing Director of edotco BD said, “We are very excited to be selected and look forward to continue playing a key role in the digital development of the country. Towercos are the backbone of the telecommunications industry, and edotco is committed to ensuring the right sharable infrastructure is in place to facilitate the nation’s growth. We are fully confident of fulfilling all the required conditions”.

Suresh Sidhu, CEO of edotco Group said “This strengthens our position as a major regional provider in Asia. I would like to personally thank the BTRC and the various ministries we have been engaging with throughout this process for their guidance and confidence in us. We are committed to investing in Bangladesh and to continuing the positive relationship we have built with the mobile network operators in the country”.

edotco currently owns and operates over 9,000 telecom towers throughout Bangladesh and over 27,000 towers across the six countries in which they have a presence. The company has been deepening its commitment over the past five years by ensuring the right sharable infrastructure is constructed and managed to enable seamless connectivity. edotco’s growing partnerships with local corporations is also a testament of its commitment to drive innovation in the countries where they have operations.

About edotco Group

Established in 2012, edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).

edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 27,000 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with 16,391 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 10,821 towers managed through a range of services provided. edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecommunications infrastructure services and solutions. Its state-of-the-art real-time monitoring service, echo, has already seen improvements in field operations while maximizing operational efficiencies in terms of battery, energy and fuel consumption for telecommunications infrastructure.

edotco Group was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2018 Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award for its demonstrated exemplary business growth and performance in Southeast Asia.

edotco Bags “Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of The Year” Award from Frost & Sullivan For Second Year Running

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edotco Bags “Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of The Year”
Award from Frost & Sullivan For Second Year Running

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 August 2018: edotco Group (“edotco”), an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, is pleased to announce that it was presented the “Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award” for 2018 by Frost & Sullivan. This is the second time the company is being recognised in this category on the Asia Pacific level, after being recognised in 2016 as the Southeast Asia Telecoms Tower Company of the Year.

“We are honoured to be recognised by Frost and Sullivan for the third year in a row. This award is a testament to our efforts in ensuring the right sharable infrastructure is constructed and managed efficiently. This award is also an acknowledgement of our commitment which goes beyond the telecommunications ecosystem as it recognises our sustainability efforts and our nation building initiatives in the countries in which we are present” said Suresh Sidhu, CEO of edotco Group at the awards ceremony.

The award was presented at the annual Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards ceremony held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, yesterday evening. The Awards recognise best-in-class companies that excel in their respective business segments, as well as their efforts to develop the industry in 2017.

Ajay Sunder, Vice President of ICT at Frost & Sullivan said “edotco has demonstrated leadership not only in terms of service delivery but also in areas of sustainability and innovation. In just one year they have successfully commercialised the first bamboo tower which was pioneered in 2017 to go on and deploy eight more. This award acknowledges the relentless efforts of the team and recognizes the company’s outstanding performance throughout 2017. It reflects their great achievements throughout the year and we hope it inspires them to continue delivering”

“in 2017, edotco grew its tenancies by 18% and hit our all-time high tenancy ratio of 1.57x. Our acquisition of Tanzanite Towers in Pakistan was also a significant step for us. I would like to dedicate this award to the great team at edotco. It is with their commitment to delivering world-class results that we have been able to strengthen our presence across the region, pioneer innovative solutions successfully and continue to set benchmarks for other towercos around the world. I am excited about the next few months as we continue to drive operational excellence, explore next generation sharing technology and adopt more digital ways of doing business, aimed at bringing more value to our customers” added Suresh.

Frost & Sullivan’s team of analysts undertake a thorough methodology in its evaluation of excellence, and the award categories offered each year are carefully reviewed and evaluated to reflect the current market landscape, including new emerging trends. Short-listed companies were evaluated on a variety of actual market performance indicators which include revenue growth; market share and growth in market share; leadership in product innovation; marketing strategy and business development strategy.

About edotco Group

Established in 2012, edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).

edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 27,000 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with 16,461 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 10,100 towers managed through a range of services provided. edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecommunications infrastructure services and solutions. Its state-of-the-art real-time monitoring service, echo, has already seen improvements in field operations while maximizing operational efficiencies in terms of battery, energy and fuel consumption for telecommunications infrastructure.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Annushia Balavijendran
Group Corporate Communications
Tel: +603 2268 6014
Email: annushia@edotcogroup.com

edotco kicks off research for first bamboo telecommunications tower in Cambodia

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edotco kicks off research for first bamboo telecommunications tower in Cambodia

 

Phnom Penh, 15 August 2018: edotco Group, edotco Cambodia, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) and Atelier Cole have entered into an agreement to research the feasibility of using locally available bamboo for the construction of telecommunication towers. Under this agreement, Atelier Cole will be responsible for the construction of the bamboo structures following the feasibility research by edotco and ITC. edotco aims to have its first bamboo telecommunications tower ready for commercial use in Cambodia by the end of 2018.

Phillip Wong, Chief Regional Officer of edotco Cambodia said: “edotco always experiments with materials and innovative solutions to enhance the telecommunications infrastructure industry. The bamboo telecommunications tower was conceptualized as part of our commitment to green engineering and reducing the impact on the environment. As these towers are constructed using natural, sustainable resources carbon emission is reduced. The bamboo towers deployed in Bangladesh have shown a reduction of up to 70% per structure. These towers are also up to 88% lighter than steel structures, easing deployment and reducing the load to buildings”.

“ITC firmly believes that renewable resources can play a key role in innovation and we are delighted to partner edotco on this pioneering project in Cambodia. Our country is rich with natural resources, using them to contribute to the nation’s development is a natural step for progression” said Prof. Chrea Rada, Dean of Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Studies indicate that untreated bamboo has the ability to bear the weight of concrete while possessing the rigidity and tensile strength, making it an ideal material as a load bearing telecom structure. It can withstand gusts of up to 210km/h, with an expected lifespan of approximately 10 years with proper maintenance. A bamboo tower takes around 12 days to construct and consumes less energy to manufacture compared to traditional steel towers. The structure has a capacity to house up to 8 antennas at a time, enabling co-location.

edotco deployed the first bamboo tower in the world in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2017 and has since deployed nine more with six in progress. The company continues to deepen its commitment to reducing the impact on the environment through its growing local partnerships aimed at bringing the bamboo towers to the other markets in which they have a presence.

About edotco Group

Edotco (Cambodia) Co., Ltd., was launched as an independent business in 2013 and is part of the Malaysia-based Axiata Group, one of Asia’s leading telecommunications groups, with Mobile Telephone, Network infrastructure and Digital Internet companies, serving approximately 290 million subscribers in 10 countries across the region. edotco Cambodia is constantly expanding its operations, currently owning and operating more than 2,000 telecom towers throughout Cambodia.

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Edotco (Cambodia) Co., Ltd.
Building #1B, St.598, S/K.Toul Sangke,
Khan Russey Keo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tel: +855 10 209 999

edotco Malaysia Acquires Towers in Kedah

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edotco to boost connectivity in Kedah with new towers acquisition

 

Kuala Lumpur, 27 July 2018: edotco Malaysia Sdn Bhd, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company today completed the acquisition of 80 percent stake of Tanjung Digital Sdn Bhd. Transacted at RM140 million, this will allow edotco to expand its presence into Kedah with a portfolio of 225 telecommunications towers.

With a growing presence in Malaysia and the region, edotco has been rolling out next-generation infrastructure that is capable of meeting increased coverage and capacity requirements. Through this acquisition edotco aims to improve the operational efficiency of tower infrastructure in Kedah, reinforcing its commitment of supporting fast and reliable coverage in the nation.

“Connectivity is a cornerstone of a state’s economic and social progress. As such, it is crucial that we have the right infrastructure in place to ensure seamless and wider network reach. By expanding our presence in Kedah, we will work with the entire ecosystem to ensure network providers are able to strengthen their service quality and network footprint across the state,” said Wan Zainal Adileen, Chief Regional Officer of edotco Group.

Commenting on the acquisition, Haji Mohd Azam Bin Saad, Director for Tanjung Digital Sdn Bhd said “We are encouraged by the prospects of edotco’s expansion in the state. This acquisition will allow Kedah’s telecommunication industry to benefit from edotco’s regional expertise in end-to-end tower solution services. The infrastructure enhancements edotco is set to offer will help to spur rapid development and operational improvement of the state’s telecoms infrastructure.”

“Currently, Kedah’s lower tower density in comparison to Malaysia’s average impacts the quality of network connectivity. edotco recognises the need to narrow this gap. To enable consistent and quality network services, we will scale-up our operations and accelerate tower build. Our commitment to ensuring greater connectivity across Malaysia will help bridge the digital divide while moving the country forward into the digital age,” added Wan Zainal.

Over the years, edotco has been a key player in enhancing connectivity through the development of telecommunications infrastructure in the country. Its pioneering solutions and infrastructure innovations have helped reduce network rollout costs, manage overall energy usage and eased infrastructure operations for network operators.

About edotco Group

Established in 2012, edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).

edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 27,500 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with 16,760 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 10,957 towers managed through a range of services provided. edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecommunications infrastructure services and solutions. Its state-of-the-art real-time monitoring service, echo, has already seen improvements in field operations while maximizing operational efficiencies in terms of battery, energy and fuel consumption for telecommunications infrastructure.

edotco Group was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2017 Asia Pacific Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award for its demonstrated exemplary business growth and performance in Southeast Asia.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Annushia Balajivendran
edotco Group Corporate Commmunications
Tel: +603 2268 6014
Email: annushia@edotcogroup.com

Towering New Heights

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Towering New Heights

Thivanka Rangala, Chief Financial Officer of edotco Group talks to Bernama News Channel in a live interview on ‘Towering New Heights’. Thivanka talks about the evolution of the telecommunications industry, edotco’s role in facilitating the changes and how the company is addressing the various challenges and gaps within the industry.

Why Hiring To Meet Your Diversity Quota Isn’t Enough

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Why Hiring To Meet Your Diversity Quota Isn’t Enough

by Suresh Sidhu, CEO of edotco Group

Our globalised economy is gradually changing the workforce composition of companies from a truly homogenous organisation into a more multicultural, multi-environmental and multi-practice one.

The ubiquity of the internet and technological advancements, have made it easier for organisations to grow at a radical pace. When people are able to connect beyond borders, businesses are able to expand their footprint more rapidly across various markets beyond their home ground.

Having this presence in multiple geographic markets makes it necessary for companies to start tapping into a workforce that is not only homegrown, but that also comprises of a mix of local and international talent. Companies must recognise diversity as a source of competitive advantage as it serves as a business imperative for each organisation to stay ahead.

Recognising Your Competitive Advantage

In their 2018 report, Delivering Through Diversity, McKinsey revealed that companies with the most culturally diverse management and directors are more likely to experience higher profits against its peers by 33% and 43% respectively.

A diverse talent pool allows organisations to benefit from a breadth of unique exposures, experiences, beliefs, values and perspectives that are brought in by employees from varied backgrounds and cultures.

The key is for organisations to harness these differences to their advantage, creating a melting pot of new ideas and innovation that is able to meet evolving demands of the marketplace and enable them to remain relevant.

How can organisations build solid foundations in this area? They can do so by creating a workplace environment that is inclusive and which empowers everyone to thrive.

This cannot be achieved by sheer luck or coincidence, nor does the responsibility rely solely on the shoulders of Human Resources (HR) professionals.

It requires the participation of employees across all levels. Business leaders and front line managers have to drive this agenda and set the right tone for an effective environment of openness.

Beyond The Numbers

While companies may be inclined to favour diversity quotas as a course-correct measure for the lack of representation in their workforce, merely treating this as an end goal is counterproductive.

For example, if a company sets a 30% diversity quota for talents from a minority group or background, there is a possibility that the company will stop hiring once it reaches this goal, and lose out on other candidates who may be a great fit for the company. It may also results in employees viewing it as a tokenistic policy rather than an overall empowerment agenda that applies to everybody.

Instead, any organisation that aims to reinforce their commitment to workforce diversity should employ a more sustainable approach and delve beyond the numbers by creating an environment which encourages and attracts talent from all backgrounds and disciplines.

The ultimate goal should focus on cultivating a workplace that allows employees to thrive and grow while being comfortable in their own skin, and that promotes a non-discriminatory culture ensuring fair treatment for all employees.

Managing Diversity

Managing diversity can be complex, and just amending policies alone may risk having a segment of employees who feel that they do not fit within a certain mould.

Instead, organisations should begin to create a workplace environment which focuses on creating awareness and acceptance of the different personalities and groups that shape their organisation.

In doing so, often the best way to gain acceptance from employees is by having the management live out a commitment to diversity through role modelling the right behaviour. Beyond a written commitment to diversity, actively shaping experiences for employees to be able to ‘see and feel’ the management’s commitment has proven to carry more weight.

Companies need to go beyond celebrate diversity beyond age, gender, and ethnic backgrounds by ensuring that its various departments and teams are made of a good mix of people from different geographical locations and skill levels.

This encourages employees to understand and embrace different cultures and backgrounds. It also encourages open-mindedness as the employees are given the opportunity to work through their differences and leverage on each other’s unique values in achieving a common goal.

Mobility transfer experiences, where employees are given the opportunity to experience similar roles in another country have also proven effective in terms of shaping positive behaviour towards diversity in the workplace.

In Summary

Every business should aspire to create an environment that encourages and accepts diverse input without judgement. Rather than focus on individual personalities and characteristics, decision making and performance appraisals must focus on facts and actual achievements. As such, a person’s performance is judged on the basis of empirical evidence and not on affinity or familiarity.

While the management can mandate that a certain type of candidate is interviewed for roles, it’s always better to inculcate a practice where CVs are sought from candidates who display suitable skills regardless of personality traits, age, gender or background.

Ultimately, diversity and inclusion are not just another few items to check off the HR To-Do list. It is an ongoing process that organisations need to work towards every day.

While the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is celebrated each year, let this be a reminder for all organisations to shift their mindset and continue the endeavour until these causes are ingrained in the very culture and DNA of every business.

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Annushia Balajivendran
edotco Group Corporate Commmunications
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Email: annushia@edotcogroup.com