Proton and Yes team up to offer Malaysia's first 4G-connected car, promise more to come

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Donald Melanson
February 24, 2012 12:57 AM
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Proton and Yes team up to offer Malaysia's first 4G-connected car, promise more to come
The first one may only amount to a MiFi housed in the dash (although that does come standard), but automaker Proton and Malaysian carrier Yes seem to have some fairly grand designs on 4G-connected cars. In addition to providing a WiFi hotpot for passengers, they eventually hope to use the 4G connectivity for a range of automotive-related applications, including vehicle diagnostics, security, and other location-based services. Notably for potential buyers, Yes's 4G coverage of Malyasia is fairly widespread, encompassing over 65 percent of the country's populated areas and the full 960 kilometer stretch of the country's North-South Expressway, as well as a "large portion" of its East-Coast Expressway. While details on those promised services or any future cars remain a bit light, that first one (the P3-21A sedan) will apparently soon be available.
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PROTON And YES Announce A Collaboration To Offer Malaysia's First 4G Internet Cars

Posted on Feb 23, 2012

New Proton models in the future will have, as standard, high-speed mobile 4G connectivity utilising Yes 4G delivering seamless access to internet, high-definition multimedia content and much more.

KUALA LUMPUR -February 22, 2012 - PROTON, Malaysia's national car maker, and Yes, one of the most advanced 4G networks in the world, today announced a collaboration to offer Malaysia's first 4G Internet cars. The two leading brands will collaborate in a partnership utilising each other's strengths in vehicle engineering and mobile internet connectivity to take advantage of new technologies, applications and services that will make high-speed mobile 4G connectivity a standard feature in future new Proton models.

In the partnership, Proton customers will enjoy Yes as a new value-added standard feature in new Proton models beginning with the soon-to-be launched sedan, the P3-21A.

The Proton cars will tap into the Yes 4G mobile internet network which currently covers over 65% of the country's populated areas. Yes is the only wireless network operator in the country that offers seamless 4G connectivity along the full 960km stretch of the North-South Expressway and a large portion of the East-Coast Expressway.

"We would like to applaud PROTON for having the foresight to provide 4G connectivity to its customers. In today's world, high-speed mobile connectivity is just as essential as music players and air conditionings in automobiles. We are very excited to embark on the journey of making this vision a reality with PROTON. " said Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong, Executive Director of YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.

"Yes is about bringing positive change and we are fully committed to providing better Internet for all. Our robust 4G network with its wide footprint brings high-speed 4G connectivity to both urban and rural areas serving users across the nation. This strategic partnership with PROTON will bring 4G connectivity to more Malaysians as Proton cars are indeed ubiquitous," added Dato' Yeoh.

Up to five mobile devices can be connected to the car's micro wireless network at any one time providing high-speed internet access to users. In the future, PROTON and Yes aim to enable drivers with smart applications like remote real-time vehicle diagnostics, security and location-based services that will make the driving experience a safer, more convenient and enjoyable one.

"The role of the automobile is diversifying and changing rapidly. It is no longer viewed solely for mobility purposes but is evolving into an extension of an individual's social and business circle. A fast wireless 4G connection in the car keeps you connected to this circle whatever your location may be.

This initiative has been designed with the intention of offering Proton customers speed, mobility, convenience and greater productivity while on the road," said PROTON Holdings Group Managing Director, Dato' Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.

"It's not just about having the car 4G-empowered. We are now working to embed this technology into future Proton models. And this initiative is certainly in-line with our brand promise of being 'Commited To Be Better, as we are constantly seeking ways to enhance the ownership experience of a Proton car," he added.

To mark this strategic collaboration, Yes and PROTON are giving away a one-of-a-kind, special edition Yes 4G internet enabled Proton Inspira worth RM100,000 as the main prize in the 'Win Malaysia's First 4G Internet Car' Facebook contest. This extensively customised Proton Inspira features a special paint job and limited edition 18-inch rims in addition to three units of Apple iPad 2 and a Yes Huddle 4G wireless mobile router, all mounted on specially engineered fixtures in the vehicle.

The 'Win Malaysia's First 4G Internet Car' contest opens today and will run till 27 March 2012. For more information about the contest and full details of the special edition Proton Inspira powered by PROTON, visit
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