Digital Nasional adds two new board members

by HARIZAH KAMEL/ pic by BLOOMBERG

DIGITAL Nasional Bhd (DNB) has appointed telecommunication veteran Morten Lundal and Lim Tau Kien as its independent non-executive directors effective April 14 April, 2021 and April 28, 2021 respectively.

DNB said in a statement that Lundal and Lim will join three other board members namely the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) DG Datuk Seri Dr Yusof Ismail, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) former chairman and chief executive Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi and lawyer Datuk Muthanna Abdullah.

DNB chairman Datuk Asri Hamidon said the company is pleased to welcome both Lundal and Lim to the board.

“Their appointments will further elevate the board’s capacity in ensuring the best standards in corporate governance, and the combined experience of the professional appointees together with the leadership of Mr Ralph Marshall with specialisation in regulatory and operating aspects of telecommunication, public finance and general management, and legal is particularly valuable as DNB makes headway in realising its goal to launch the 5G network by the end of the year,” he said.

He said the acceleration of 5G in Malaysia will be a key impetus for economic growth and digital transformation and is critical to enable advanced industry and consumer applications.

“It will create industry competitiveness and attractiveness for investments, with more than 100,000 new job opportunities for all Malaysians,” he added.

Lundal has over 30 years’ experience and brings with him extensive global and local telecommunications industry knowledge and insights having held key positions at Telenor ASA in Oslo, Vodafone Group Plc in London, and Maxis Bhd and Digi in Malaysia.

Meanwhile Lim has over 40 years’ corporate experience, and was the country chief finance officer, country controller and finance director in Shell China before her retirement in 2008. Lim has held several key corporate roles including as a director of listed and non-listed companies since 1997.

DNB is a special purpose vehicle wholly owned by the Finance Ministry (MoF) to build, own and operate Malaysia’s 5G infrastructure and was set up in line with the announcement on Malaysia’s digital blueprint, MyDIGITAL, last February.

The proposal request for the provision of the building and maintenance of a nationwide 5G network was issued on Apr 7, 2021, to eight global network equipment providers (NEPs), approved and authorised by DNB’s board of directors.

These NEPs were identified based on DNB’s objective, clear and established criteria which include their proven 5G network rollout credentials in Asia and internationally; as well as having local presence in Malaysia.

The selected NEP will be announced this July and upon its appointment, the NEP will commence work towards the goal of the first rollout of 5G by the end of 2021 in Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur.

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