Malaysians to enjoy 5G services in stages by year-end

by ASILA JALIL

THE government has unveiled MyDigital initiative that focuses on enhancing connectivity in the country to spur the economy in its 10-year plan which will also see 5G implementation in phases by the end of this year. 

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the initiative which comprises the Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint will complement the national development policy such as the 12th Malaysia Plan and the 2030 Shared Prosperity Vision. 

Four vital digital infrastructures will be developed first to create an effective digital ecosystem among which the government will spend RM21 billion for the National DIgital Connectivity Programme (Jendela) within five years to increase connectivity and expand fixed fibre optic in phases from 7.5 million premises by the end of 2022 to nine million premises by end-2025. 

Another main infrastructure includes RM15 billion of investment towards 5G implementation nationwide which will create about 105,000 job opportunities.

The initiative will be implemented by the government’s special purpose vehicle where the entity will be given a suitable spectrum to own, implement and manage 5G infrastructure.  

“By the end of this year, 5G technology can be enjoyed by everyone in phases. With that, Malaysia will be among the first countries in the region to build a 5G ecosystem which uses internet and public services in real-time to enable immediate information sharing,” he said during the launch today.

He said a total of RM1.65 billion will be invested by several telecommunication companies to enhance connectivity for undersea cables until 2023 which will enable a fast and stable international data transfer while reducing internet cost for users. 

All of the licensed telecommunication companies (telcos) will get equal access to the infrastructure to advertise 5G services to their customers, said the prime minister. 

“The infrastructure cost-sharing enables telcos to gain higher returns and provide better and cheaper 5G services to users,” he said.

Cloud service provider (CSP) companies will also invest between RM12 billion and RM15 billion over the next five years. 

He said the government has given conditional approval to four CSP namely Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Telekom Malaysia to build and manage hyperscale data centre and cloud services. 

The hyperscale data centre as well as the hybrid cloud services will be formed to add data storage, reduce operational cost and increase analysis efficiency.

Three local ICT companies namely Enfrasys Solution Sdn Bhd, Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd and Cloud Connect Sdn Bhd were appointed as the manager service provided to collaborate with the CSP to manage the services to the public services.

“As a step to improve the public service cloud service, the government via Cloud First aims 80% migration of public data to the hybrid cloud system by the end of next year,” he said. 

Under the MyDigital initiative, the government expects the digital economy to contribute 22.6% towards the GDP by 2025 while providing 500,000 new job opportunities. 

He said the government also aims to encourage 875,000 micro small and medium enterprises to use e-commerce platforms and generate 5,000 startups in the next five years. 

“The initiative will attract RM70 billion worth of new investments in the digital sector from within and outside of the country. 

“The government also aims to increase the productivity rate of the economic sector by 30% in 2030.

“As for the public services sector, all agencies will provide cashless transactions as the main choice by 2022,” he said. 

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the Digital Economy Blueprint is divided into three phases where the first phase will focus on strengthening digital usage starting this year until next year. 

The second phase from 2023 until 2025 is aimed at driving an inclusive digital transformation and the third phase from 2026 until 2030 will focus on making Malaysia as the pioneer in the region in the field of digital content and cyber security. 

Noting the difficulties faced by many students in adapting to online learning, the government will also introduce MYDevice initiative to ensure every student in Malaysia will have access to a digital device for education purposes by 2025. 

“This initiative will be implemented through cooperation between the government, private sectors and the public. 

 

“Free data will be given to students from lower income families,” he said.