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Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil speaks at the launch of the MCMC-Microsoft AI Teach: Skills for an AI-Enabled Economy programme at EQ Kuala Lumpur on June 20, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/FAHMI FADZIL

MCMC to start choosing MNO to develop second 5G network — Fahmi

PUTRAJAYA, June 21 — The Communications Ministry has instructed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to begin the process of determining and appointing a mobile network operator (MNO) to develop Malaysia’s second 5G network.

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said the process will include issuing the Applicant Information Package on July 1.

He said the process would be done transparently based on powers and provisions stipulated in the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

“The Communications Ministry welcomes the announcement by Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) that all conditions precedent under the Share Subscription Agreements (SSA) have been successfully met on June 20.

“This is one of the main steps towards the transition to a 5G dual network model in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.

DNB confirmed all the previous conditions contained under the SSA were successfully met yesterday, it said in a statement.

DNB said this is an important milestone concerning the SSA with four MNOs in Malaysia, namely, CelcomDigi Bhd through Infranation Sdn Bhd, Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd, U Mobile Sdn Bhd, and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd through YTL Power International Bhd.

Fahmi said the Communications Ministry is committed to facilitating a more competitive and sustainable telecommunications industry.

“The implementation of this second 5G network will help efforts to increase coverage, create healthy competition in the telecommunications sector, and ensure affordable 5G plans and quality of service for the people,” he said.

— Bernama

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