Telekom Malaysia indicators up for nation’s 5G trials By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People use their cell phones at a university in Semenyih, outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 3, 2017. REUTERS / Lai Seng Sin / FILE PHOTO

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Telecom Malaysia announced on Saturday that it would conduct 5G tests with a state agency ahead of the planned rollout of 5G network services this month.

The telecommunications company said it will participate in the pilot tests in some parts of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and in two other urban centers.

It is the first telecommunications provider to sign up for 5G tests. However, it didn’t say whether it had signed a long-term agreement to use the government’s 5G network.

“We will continue to support the government’s drive to bring 5G to the nation,” it said.

Malaysia’s major wireless operators have raised concerns about transparency and pricing issues, Reuters reported last month.

Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), the state-owned network wholesaler for 5G, confirmed last month that no agreement had been reached with carriers, admitting that the initial timetable for negotiations was “overly optimistic”.

It also said talks with telecommunications companies to regulate terms and conditions have not yet started and long-term agreements are expected to be signed in early 2022.

The standstill followed a government decision in February to set up DNB to build a centralized 5G wholesale network, abandoning previous plans to allocate spectrum to operators in order to expedite infrastructure build-up across the country.

The government has stated that the prices for 5G would be cheaper for the mobile operators than the costs incurred by the operators for 4G.

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