- May 3, 2023
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Daily News
- Malaysia said on 3 May it will adopt a dual network model for its 5G rollout next year following widespread concerns about pricing and competition over a single state-run network.
- The decision is the latest by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s six-month-old administration aimed at dismantling monopolies and promoting competition, though it could create tension with Western countries that wanted Malaysia to stick with its original plan.
- Malaysia had in 2021 unveiled a plan for a state-owned agency, Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), to own the full 5G spectrum, with various carriers using the infrastructure to provide mobile services.
- Malaysia has now decided to allow a second entity after DNB’s coverage reaches 80% of populated areas, Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said in a statement.
- On 2 May, the European Union and the U.S. had warned Malaysia of risks to national security and foreign investment amidst efforts by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to bid for a role in its telecoms infrastructure.
- Fahmi told a press conference he would meet interested diplomats to discuss the issue, and Malaysia would be “neutral” in commercial considerations.
- “As a sovereign country, Malaysia has the right and power to set our own policies without the interference of other parties,” Fahmi said.
External Link : https://www.reuters.com/technology/malaysia-says-will-move-dual-network-model-5g-after-80-coverage-2023-05-03/