THE 5G Demonstration Project (5GDP) in Penang is expected to be launched next month.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Penang office head Rizal Abd Malek said seven service providers have been identified to take part in the project.
He also said that a meeting was held between the telcos, his office and state government agencies on Nov 21 to pair the telcos with the agencies on the areas they could work on before the start of the 5GDP.
Speaking to reporters at the Penang 2030 Strategic Initiatives Workshop: Integrate Municipal Services with Smart Technologies at Cititel Penang recently, Rizal said the six-month project would be carried out until June next year.
“The 5G services will not be commercially available yet as we are only conducting the demonstration works until June next year (2020). The commercial launch may take place in 2021, ” he said,
State local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, who was also present, said he hoped that the service providers could submit their user cases by Nov 30.
“We hope to start our product demonstration in January and we have identified four initiatives for the implementation of 5GDP namely – the CCTV video analytics by the Penang Island City Council, the 5G Connected Street Lights by the Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST), the Penang Smart Parking (PSP) system, and the SPARK (Sistem Amaran Paras Air Kawalan Banjir) system by the Seberang Prai City Council.
“The demonstration may take about six months before it can be implemented but we are hoping that the MCMC would consider extending the 5GDP until September next year as the World Congress in IT (WCIT) is taking place in Penang then.
“About 4,000 delegates from all over the world will be attending the event to showcase their products.
“We also hope to seek funding for the 5GDP under Budget 2020 announced by the Federal Government, ” Jagdeep told reporters.
Penang was one of the six states chosen as a demonstration site to test how the ultra-fast communications network can be applied in manufacturing, tourism and smart city applications.
The other selected states are Kedah, Perak, Terengganu, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Jagdeep also said that Penang was among the states chosen because it is leading with the most number of smart initiatives.
“Penang has smart initiatives in three categories out of the nine categories chosen to be tested by the Federal Government.
“The three categories are manufacturing, tourism and smart city initiatives.
“We have, thus far, executed 28 smart state initiatives while 14 are ongoing and 13 are being planned to work in the 5G environment, ” he added.
Among the smart state initiatives already rolled out here are the Penang Digital Library and Islamic Library, which is the first in Malaysia, the smart parking system, public CCTV surveillance with facial recognition technology to track criminals at large, and the smart bus stops.
Jagdeep added that it was important for Penang to be 5G ready as the smart initiatives would result in an effective delivery system.
The workshop was held between representatives of the MCMC Penang office and the local government agencies to discuss ways to further enhance smart initiatives in the state and to forward proposals for new initiatives to the state.
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