Malaysia opposition MPs urge review of 5G plan after Businesshala report

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Businesshala) – Two Malaysian opposition lawmakers on Thursday called on the government to review plans for state-owned 5G networks, after Businesshala reported a dispute between telecommunications firms and the state agency handling the network’s deployment. Reported negotiating deadlock.

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As of Wednesday, none of Malaysia’s major mobile operators have signed on to the government’s 5G network, citing issues of pricing and transparency.

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The impasse comes as the government set up an agency in February to build a centralized wholesale 5G network, abandoning earlier plans to distribute spectrum to carriers to expedite infrastructure construction across the country. .

Lawmaker Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said the Businesshala report underscored existing concerns and doubts over the initiative, and called on officials to be more open and transparent in their dealings on the project.

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“With this development, the government should review the single network wholesaler model… and not rush (project) without a thorough dialogue process with telecom companies,” he said at a press conference in Parliament. .

Any delay in the rollout runs the risk of having a negative impact on mobile customer services, foreign investment and Malaysia’s digitization efforts in the future, he added.

Digital National Berhad (DNB), the state-owned network wholesaler, told Businesshala it still expects to deploy 5G services next month with some operators in three urban centers, with long-term agreements in early 2022. are to be signed.

Another lawmaker, Fahmi Fadzil, went a step further and called on the government to “revoke the monopoly” held by the DNB, saying Malaysia risks being left behind by its Southeast Asian neighbors that already have 5G services. have started.

“The basic question that needs to be asked in Parliament is who benefits from this implementation model,” he said.

Reporting by Latif daily; Editing by Martin Petty

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