Friday, 19 August 2022

Malaysian govt won’t budge on 5G deadline

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Friday 17 June 22

The Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said that the government could consider offering 5G spectrum licences to new players if telcos refuse to play ball with Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB)

The Malaysian government is this week standing firm against pressure from telcos to change its strategy surrounding 5G mobile services.  Rather than auctioning off 5G spectrum, as is the norm in most countries around the world, in 2021 Malaysia chose to set up a national wholesale 5G network operator, DNB. The government reasoned that this would allow for a faster and more equitable rollout of the new technology across the country and greatly reduce unnecessary overbuild by rival operators…

The Malaysian government is this week standing firm against pressure from telcos to change its strategy surrounding 5G mobile services.  Rather than auctioning off 5G spectrum, as is the norm in most countries around the world, in 2021 Malaysia chose to set up a national wholesale 5G network operator, DNB. The government reasoned that this would allow for a faster and more equitable rollout of the new technology across the country and greatly reduce unnecessary overbuild by rival operators…

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