Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo believes that Malaysia will not be left behind in the 5G race – even if parts of the country has yet enjoy 4G, 3G or even 2G coverage.
“Yes, we are still in the midst bringing these infrastructure to all parts of Malaysia, but that doesn’t mean that we should sit and be quiet while other countries are embracing new technology.
“I believe that this can be done concurrently, and that is what we are doing here,” said Gobind in Putrajaya.
The minister was overseeing the preparation for the upcoming 5G Malaysia Showcase that will be officially launched on Thursday (April 18).
The showcase aims to highlight the potential of 5G where the public can come and have first-hand user experience on the use cases and demos from local and international organisations.
The partners include agencies and industry players such as Celcom, Digi, Ericsson, Maxis and Huawei.
They will be showcasing real-life applications like self-driving cars, drones for digital mapping, robots, precision farming and other 5G related technologies.
During the walkabout, Gobind tested an autonomous vehicle – a collaboration between Celcom, Ericsson and eMoovit Technology – which took him around the Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya vicinity.
Gobind also recorded a holographic message for the visitors, welcoming them to the showcase, and visited some of the vendors who are still setting up booths for the exhibition.
“What we see today shows that Malaysia can be ready to embrace the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Although there isn’t a set date as to when 5G will be fully available across the country, we can safely say that we are heading in that direction.
“The tech involved here also marks the progress by our 5G Taskforce that was established last year,” said Gobind.
The 5G Taskforce currently has 108 members from various sectors within the industry including telcos, businesses, educational institutions, related government agencies, and infrastructure vendors.
The 5G Malaysia Showcase is open to public from 10am to 6pm at Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya this weekend. Admission is free.
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