CYBERJAYA, Aug 2 : Malaysian company, AdvanceTC Group Sdn Bhd (ATC Group), the developer of the world’s first Android Satellite Smartphone, Xplore X7, hopes to become a global producer of innovative telecommunication devices.
Group Executive Chairman Datuk Ahmad Ghiti Mohd Daud said the company aimed to achieve its target through collaborations with government agencies such as Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC), industry players and academia.
He added that the group had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with QMIS GtechFin Ltd, Hong Kong for software application licencing, strategic partner agreement with Generations Fund, Hong Kong and inked a MOU agreement with PT Citra Seri Makmur for the Indonesia market as well as share sale and purchase agreement between AdvanceTC Ltd, Australia with QMIS Finance Securities Corp, Hong Kong.
“These agreements will propel the company’s profile from a local ‘system integrator’ company to an international company that can compete in the global market,” he said at the launch of the Xplore X7 by Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Ahmad Ghiti said Xplore X7 was expected to make its debut in the Malaysian market within the next two months, priced between the “mid-range to high-end” smartphones, and also planned to introduce Xplore X8, the Android Satellite Smartphone equipped with satellite voice services by year-end.
He said the company had also appointed distributors for the satellite smartphones in Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Macau and Hong Kong to propel its sale across ASEAN and East Asia.
“Currently we are also talking to potential distributors in the Philippines, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India with whom we hope to sign distribution agreements before year-end,” he added.
Earlier in her speech, Wan Azizah said the smartphone – which integrated Android operating system with satellite telephone – was a good example of a collaboration between industry, government and academia.
“The innovation is not an easy and linear process. The company must have had difficult and challenging moments,” she said.
Wan Azizah said Xplore X7, which was linked to the Iridium satellite, has the capability to cover up to 98 per cent of the globe and could be used in the remotest part of the world, normally not accessible through conventional smartphones.
The smartphone is equipped with satellite messaging services, enabling users to obtain connectivity in remote areas, especially where telecommunications infrastructure was not accessible, especially during the event of natural disasters.
The Xplore X7 has several distinctive features such as 4G world connectivity, superior camera imaging, emergency button, long life battery, private communication, sharing and tracking.