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Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil (middle) said that the Malaysia Pavilion’s theme reflects Malaysia’s commitment to drive rapid development and innovation.

BARCELONA, Feb. 26—Malaysia has successfully launched the Malaysia Pavilion, making its debut appearance at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2024) in Barcelona, Spain.

The event is an annual trade show dedicated to the mobile communications industry and organised by the GSM Association.

Malaysia’s participation in MWC 2024 was led by the Communication Minister Fahmi Fadzil, with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) acting as the implementing agency.

Themed “Accelerating a connected tomorrow,” the pavilion provides an opportunity for Malaysia to showcase its commitment and availability as an innovation hub in the communication sector.

Malaysia Pavilion at MWC 2024 features exhibitors from the international communication sector.

Fahmi inaugurating the Malaysian Pavilion at MWC 2024 in Barcelona, along with MCMC chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din (right) and Nik Kamaruzaman (left).Fahmi inaugurating the Malaysian Pavilion at MWC 2024 in Barcelona, along with MCMC chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din (right) and Nik Kamaruzaman (left).

In his speech, Fahmi said, “The theme of the Malaysia Pavilion reflects Malaysia’s commitment to drive rapid development and innovation.

“We aim for Malaysia to remain at the forefront of technological progress.”

By the end of 2023, 8.4 million premises had gained access to gigabit-speed Internet, boasting an average broadband speed of 178.1Mbps.

Additionally, network coverage in populated areas reached 97.07%.

Another remarkable success story lies in Malaysia’s 5G rollout. It took a unique approach by establishing a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to expedite the process.

As a result of this innovative strategy, Malaysia achieved an impressive 80.2% coverage in populated areas in just over two years.

According to Ookla, a global leader in network intelligence and connectivity insights, Malaysia now ranks No.1 globally for 5G consistency score at 97.27%.

Consistency score is a Ookla specific methodology of measuring speeds where it has to satisfy both criteria – download and upload – of 25Mbps and 3Mbps, respectively.

The Malaysia Pavilion at MWC 2024 is themed ‘Accelerating a connected tomorrow’ and features exhibitors from the international communication sector.The Malaysia Pavilion at MWC 2024 is themed ‘Accelerating a connected tomorrow’ and features exhibitors from the international communication sector.

This achievement not only proves Malaysia’s commitment to technological advancement but also reflects the integrated efforts of the telecommunications industry, regulatory bodies, and government agencies to build a robust and reliable 5G infrastructure.

Meanwhile, according to Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence data for Q4 2023, Malaysia ranks third globally for 5G download speed, with a reported speed of 451.79Mbps.

This places Malaysia not only ahead of its South-East Asian neighbours, but also some developed markets, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

Observing the positive outcomes of the current rollout, Malaysia is now set to transition to a dual-network model, introducing competition that will drive innovation and enhance mobile network performance.

This further emphasises Malaysia’s deep-rooted commitment to embracing new technologies and fostering an environment encouraging growth and development.

Malaysia has achieved a remarkable feat in telecommunication development, positioning itself as a front-runner on the global stage.

A recent publication from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) revealed that Malaysia scored an outstanding 94.5 out of 100 in the 2023 ICT Development Index, surpassing the global average and ranking 15th globally and third within the Asean region.

At the MWC 2024, several memorandums of understanding (MOUs) are scheduled to be signed focusing on strategic key areas.

These include, but not limited, to world-class 5G solutions, 5G advanced field trial and talent development in the communications industry

Also present at the event were the Communication Ministry deputy secretary-general (Strategic Communication and Creative Industries) Nik Kamaruzaman Nik Husin and MCMC chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din.

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