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Telcos have started 5G technical tests, says MCMC

30 Aug 2022, The Malaysian Insight
TELECOMMUNICATIONS companies have started 5G technical tests, according to Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief operating officer Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus.

He said the tests comprised five phases in total and they are currently at phase four, while phase five includes aspects of determining the package.

“We see it as a positive development and most probably in September we will see 5G services offered by the service providers.

“They have already started to provide (5G) to closed user groups of their subscribers,” he said when commenting on the development of Digital Nasional Bhd’s (DNB) equity stake agreement with the telcos.

On July 1, Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa was reported to have said that users could expect 5G network services in stages by September at the latest, with six companies having signed agreements to take up equities in DNB.

For now, only YTL Communications, through Yes, has provided 5G services to users in Malaysia.

The country’s six main telcos – Maxis, Digi, Celcom, U Mobile, YTL and Telekom Malaysia – have agreed to acquire shares in DNB and have been given until tomorrow to agree on the sum to be paid to gain access to the 5G network.

DNB, which is the government’s special purpose company for the rollout of 5G, had previously announced the availability of the network in certain areas in Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur. – Bernama, August 30, 2022.

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