Govt to decide on 5G wholesale model by January 2022, says Annuar

Govt to decide on 5G wholesale model by January 2022, says Annuar
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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7): The Cabinet will make the final decision on the single wholesale model for the roll-out of the 5G network by January 2022 after receiving feedback from telecommunications companies and industry players.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the Cabinet is still discussing on whether to deploy 5G via a single wholesale network (SWN) system or have multiple systems to allow some competition.

However, he said that for now, Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) will continue with its plan of delivering 5G services via the SWN.

“The Cabinet is seeking a second opinion or views from industry players on the matter. 

“We will look at the advantages and disadvantages of both models,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a joint venture (JV) between CS Cloud Sdn Bhd and Cloocus Co Ltd here on Tuesday (Dec 7).

DNB was established by the government in February to build and manage the 5G network.

Annuar also noted that DNB is offering wholesale 5G services to all mobile network operators in the country from this month at no cost.

He said the first phase of the offer is applicable to all 5G live sites that would be ready throughout Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and certain parts of Kuala Lumpur.

By next year, the roll-out will focus on other populated areas, including in Penang, Johor Baru, Sabah and Sarawak, as the second phase, he added.

Annuar said the government aims to reach 80% of the populated areas of the country in three years.

On the JV between CS Cloud and Cloocus, Annuar said it would boost cooperation and business opportunities in the digital economy.

“I hope this partnership can set an example for other companies and will be expanded to include other sectors that will benefit local businesses," he said.