Malaysia now ranks number one globally for 5G consistency score - Fahmi

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil inaugurating the Malaysian Pavilion at MWC 2024 in Barcelona, along with MCMC chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din (right) and Communications Ministry deputy secretary-general Nik Kamaruzaman Nik Husin (left).

BARCELONA, Feb. 26 – Malaysia has successfully launched its inaugural pavilion at the Mobile World Congress 2024 (MWC24) held in Barcelona, Spain.

Malaysia’s participation in MWC24 is spearheaded by the Ministry of Communications, with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) as the implementing agency.

With the theme of “Accelerating a connected tomorrow”, the pavilion serves as a platform for Malaysia to demonstrate its commitment to becoming the hub of innovation and opportunity in the communication sector.

It features a diverse group of co-exhibitors in Malaysia's communication sector, showcasing Malaysia's presence and influence on the international stage.

At the launch of the pavilion, Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said, “The theme encapsulates our commitment to driving progress and innovation at an unprecedented pace.

“We aim to ensure that Malaysia remains at the forefront of technological advancement.”

As of the end of 2023, 8.4 million premises in Malaysia are provided with access to fibre optics, and the average mobile broadband speed reaching an impressive 178.1Mbps. Additionally, Internet coverage in populated areas reached an outstanding 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.

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

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