MCMC expects DNB to open 5G tender soon


Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek (pic) hinted that tender for the 5G infrastructure development estimated to be worth RM15bil would be announced soon.

KUALA LUMPUR: Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela) which was formulated to provide wider coverage and better quality broadband experience whilst preparing the country for 5G technology appears to be on track in its aspiration and target.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek hinted that tender for the 5G infrastructure development estimated to be worth RM15bil would be announced soon.

“I believe it would be open soon but it’s not for MCMC to say; the Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) will issue a statement accordingly, ” he said at the RHB Investors Conference here. DNB which is the special purpose vehicle that will undertake deployment of the 5G infrastructure and network nationwide is responsible for the tender selection.

He said 5G commercial services would be made available by the fourth quarter of 2021.

Jendela’s national aspiration is to accommodate nine million premises passed with 100 Mbps speed by adopting 5G and 100% 4G coverage in populated areas by 2025.

According to Fadlullah, 5G will potentially create 105,000 new jobs while the use of technology could reduce dependence on low-skilled foreign labour.

“Our goal is to have secure, resilient and robust 5G network that could enable applications of internet of things, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“With 5G, we could unlock industry competitiveness and serve the rakyat, enterprises and the government better, ” he said. — Bernama

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