Five states pave way towards digital nation transformation

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019

CYBERJAYA: Five states have been added as “test beds” for 5G technology, in addition to Cyberjaya and Putrajaya, says Gobind Singh Deo.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister said the states were Selangor, Perak, Terengganu, Kedah and Kuala Lumpur.

“Demand has been high from these locations to test 5G technology.

“After we launched the national task force on 5G, the MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) visited these states and met with the Chief Ministers and related state excos.

“We started pioneer testing in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. We will also consider further expansion, ” said Gobind during the presentation of the National 5G Task Force’s mid-term report.

Gobind said 66 use cases were identified, such as Smart City Applications, Virtual Reality for Education, Smart Factory or Manufacturing and Precision Farming.

“This was initiated by both the government and private sector, culminating in a total industry investment of RM50mil.

“Our vision to create a digital nation requires greater coordination and synergy across ministries, state governments, industry and support from all Malaysians, ” he said.

The minister said the task force, launched in April, was expected to finish its final report by year’s end.

“I will then present it to the Cabinet for a decision.

“We should be able to roll out 5G technology in the country but first, we have to look at several aspects such as regulations and safety.

“These are the things that the task force is looking into in order to be fully ready, ” said Gobind.

Although Malaysia expects 5G to be available within three years, he said the government hoped it could implement the technology for certain industries earlier.

“Our initial target is the first quarter of next year, if not mid of the year, ” he said.

The task force has outlined a comprehensive plan through four working groups – Business Case Working, Spectrum Management and Allocation, Infrastructure, and Regulatory.

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