Malaysia’s Communications& Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo announced that “Malaysia is known to be first country in Asia to use the fifth generation network (5G) technology nationwide from next month”.
Director general GSM Association (GSMA) Mats Granryd said “Malaysia should take steady and thoughtful steps in boarding 5G to have more room and time to experiment and learn from countries which are already in the advanced phase of using 5G”.
He further said “It is not essential to be the first in implementing 5G, maybe Malaysia can be number two or three as it gives more room to learn from others’ mistakes”.
5G technology would offer for securing daily activities, allowing smooth business transactions and economically strong, as maintenance for 3G technology would be expensive over time with the rapid advancement in global technology.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak said that 5G demonstration projects will be conducted at 32 5G sites across six states i -e Kedah, Perak, Penang, Selangor, Terengganu and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
Eight companies have committed up to now for an initial investment of RM116 million for 5G demonstration projects from October 2019 to March 2020. These companies are Altel Communications Sdn Bhd, Celcom Axiata Bhd, Digi.Com Bhd, edotco Group Sdn Bhd, Maxis Bhd, Petronas, Telekom Malaysia Bhd and UMobile Sdn Bhd.