More licensees can participate in exercise


In a statement issued yesterday, MCMC said these facilities and service would be for the public cellular services at the universal service targets under the National Digital Infrastructure Plan (Jendela) phase one initiative.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued a revised invitation for licensees to install network facilities and deploy network service.

In a statement issued yesterday, MCMC said these facilities and service would be for the public cellular services at the universal service targets under the National Digital Infrastructure Plan (Jendela) phase one initiative.

This invitation replaces the original Invitation issued on Nov 20 last year.

Jendela, is an industry wide initiative to accelerate the country’s 4G connectivity, whilst preparing the country for 5G

technology.

“The revised invitation encompasses a scope of work that is divided into two parts. Part one covers the installation of passive infrastructure, while part two covers the installation of active infrastructure and the deployment of public cellular services.

Interested licensees can opt to participate in either part one or two, ” it said.

MCMC said the revised scope of work and eligibility criteria is meant to expedite implementation as it will allow more licensees to participate in this exercise, which covers 1,661 locations in 106 clusters nationwide.

The closing date for registration of interest is on Feb 2 and the submission of draft universal service plans by interested and eligible licensees are on March 31.

It was also reported on Friday, Telekom Malaysia has exceeded the target set under Jendela for the deployment of fixed broadband infrastructure by achieving 124% of its overall committed premises for the year 2020.

Group chief executive officer Imri Mokhtar was quoted saying TM had managed to deploy fixed broadband infrastructure to 272,185 premises nationwide as of Dec 9,2020.

In the first quarterly report for Jendela released on December last year, MCMC noted that the target for 2020 was to have 352,101 premises and homes having fibre connectivity, noting that telco firms have managed to have 433,477 premises passed with fibre optics as of December 16, which would be equivalent to 123.1 per cent of the target set.

The 2020 target to improve wireless broadband speed for mobile users was for the upgrading of 16,214 existing base stations at urban and suburban areas, with 16,029 (or 98.9%) upgraded as of December 16, while the total of sites with upgraded equipment is forecasted to hit 16,366 or 100.9% by December 31.

As of December 16, a total of 746 of the new sites have been completed which represents 79.4% of the 2020 target.

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