Malaysian operators to use state-run 5G network
Four Malaysian mobile operators say they have agreed to use the government’s state-owned 5G network, paving the way for an increased rollout in the country.
Telekom Malaysia, U Mobile, Celcom Axiata and DiGi Telecommunications said they had signed agreements to access the 5G network run by state-owned Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) for 10 years.
Malaysia’s 5G plans have suffered repeated setbacks amid disagreements between the government and major operators over pricing and transparency.
Maxis Bhd and U Mobile initially rejected the government-led scheme in September after the operators said they could not see the benefits of being a minority shareholder in 5G, but remained in talks to access the network.
U-Mobile has since said that it would begin making 5G services commercially available to its customers from Thursday.
This included concerns from the Malaysian telcos that a state-run network could lead to a nationalised monopoly.
The government, though, has repeatedly insisted that a single shared network would reduce costs and improve efficiency.