5G Will Be Launched By Q4 2021 In Malaysia, Spectrum and Infrastructure Will Be Handled by Single Government Entity

Written by on 22-02-2021

Although 5G rollout will happen two years from now at the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023, announced by the Minister of Communication and Multimedia, Saifuddin Abdullah. But during the MyDigital launch, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the 5G will be rolled out by Q4 this year.

Instead of assigning the spectrum to the local telcos or private companies, it will be handled by a single government entity, special purpose vehicle (SPV), this entity will be given a task to roll out the 5G infrastructure and network nationwide. The investment in 5G infrastructure, amounting to RM15 billion for 10 years, bringing an estimated 105k of job opportunities, also helping telcos to reduce their investment burden to 5G services.

The SPV will be supervised by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), its chairman Dr.Fadhullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek said, SPV is fully owned by the Ministry of Finance (MoF). It’s reported that telcos have equal access to 5G infrastructure, and telcos will be having to place their own 5G infrastructure, making the 5G services much more affordable to the general public. By 2022, the Jalinan Digital Negara (JENDELA) plans to set all telcos to expand the 4G coverage to 96.9%, ensuring the public stays connected.