Govt SPV to oversee nation’s 5G network transition

The government’s special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be the entity to oversee the deployment of 5G infrastructure and network nationwide, said Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek.

He said the SPV will be licensed under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and subject to MCMC’s regulatory oversight.

“This single entity will manage the transition to 5G network, which will reduce network duplications. As we push for communications to be the third public utility, companies can focus on providing better internet services for customers.”

He said the government-owned SPV will provide transparent wholesale services to providers, adding that there will not be any transfer of ownership for the next 10 years.

“MCMC will come up with further regulatory requirements to ensure the plan is for the benefit of the country.”

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on February 19 launched the digital economy blueprint initiative, which comprises three phases to be completed by 2030.

Fadhlullah Suhaimi also outlined the demand strategy needed to ensure the 5G network is being used, which includes the “5G First” policy to facilitate the adoption of the network’s services, support from federal and state governments for the deployment of its infrastructure, and 5G nurturing programmes.

He said MCMC is also building a National Digital Experience Centre to serve as a showcase of digital experiences and services of the future. 

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