Gobind: Nationwide 5G demos to kick off next month

Gobind said that the Task Force will provide a full report to the government by December. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo announced that there will be 5G demonstrations nationwide starting next month.

"The initial 5G testbeds which were first launched in April this year in the administrative capital of Putrajaya and Malaysia’s global tech hub Cyberjaya, has now been extended with nationwide 5G demonstration projects due to commence in October," he said at the GSMA Mobile 360 Digital Societies event in Kuala Lumpur.

During the National 5G Task Force mid-term presentation in July, Gobind announced that the testbed areas have been expanded to include Terengganu, Perak and Kedah.

"It is hoped that Malaysia’s early commitment to 5G, rapid deployment of 5G testbeds and nationwide demonstration projects will position the country as one of the leaders of 5G adoption in the world," he said.

Some of the 5G use cases include smart city applications, drone monitoring for public safety, and smart IoT (Internet of Things) campuses for education.

The Task Force was formed in November 2018 with 113 members, including telcos, service providers, academicians, ministries and government agencies.

The Task Force is expected to provide a comprehensive report on a number of issues, including proposing solutions to resolve regulatory impediments and measures for consumer protection.

Gobind said that the Task Force is scheduled to provide a full report to the government by December.

During a Fireside Chat session at the event, Digi Telecommunications CEO Albern Murty said that the focus should be on answering “Is 5G for business or consumers?”.

He also feels that affordability is a key point for driving 5G adoption among consumers.

Maxis CEO Gokhan Ogut echoed the same sentiment, adding that the telco will be committed to helping consumers get ready for 5G and the new services it will provide.

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