Mobile communications industry body GSMA said its latest annual report on digital societies in Asia Pacific projected that 5G will account for 20% of total connections in Malaysia by 2025, ahead of countries like Thailand (10%), India (7%) and Indonesia (6%).
"Malaysia is making good, steady progress. We are encouraged by the steps that Malaysia is taking from the government point of view in terms of establishing a vision for 5G to be the catalyst for economic transformation," said GSMA head of Asia Pacific Julian Gorman.
GSMA is an international association that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. It also organises the annual industry event Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, and Shanghai, China.
Gorman said the Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo is taking an inclusive approach by establishing the National 5G Task Force.
The Task Force consists of 113 members, including telcos, service providers, academicians, ministries and government agencies.
"He is bringing the industry together through collaborations,” he said.
In his speech at the GSMA Mobile 360 Digital Societies event, Gobind announced plans to kick off nationwide 5G demonstrations next month.
He added that the Task Force will present a final comprehensive report on the deployment of 5G in Malaysia to the government in December.
According to the report, Collaborative Platforms for Digital Societies in Asia Pacific, Malaysia improved its standing on the Digital Citizenship: Country Index Score.
It jumped from around 60 points in 2017 to more than 70 points in 2018 because more Malaysians are accessing government services from their phone.
“Malaysia is one of the fastest growing countries in terms of things like leadership of digital citizenship by bringing government services online, and having more people using them. These are very encouraging signs towards building a digital society” Gorman said.
He also said the government is moving in the right direction with the National Digital ID Initiative which is currently being studied by Gobind’s ministry.
The aim of the National Digital ID is to provide a reliable authentication system for digital services.