5G technology closer to reality with successful MNOs integration, says DNB

The success is credited to the adoption of the MOCN model which emphasises on the sharing of network infrastructure and spectrum resources


DIGITAL Nasional Bhd (DNB) announced its successful integration with more than two of Malaysia’s mobile network operators (MNOs) to its 5G radio access network ensuring the latest network technology in the nation.

DNB CEO Ralph Marshall (picture) said the success is credited to the adoption of the Multi-Operator Core Networks (MOCN) model which emphasises on the sharing of both network infrastructure and valuable spectrum resources.

“In a 5G future, everything will be exceptionally fast, it will take us seconds to download a high-definition movie, whereas it takes minutes today. But 5G is not just for fun and recreation.

“For example, the technology could complement various fields namely telemedicine as we can consult any doctor anywhere in the world through a video call.

“In factories, robots will be able to communicate wirelessly to perform complex tasks, the Internet of Things can become commonplace and retail transactions will be rendered much faster, without compromising on safety and security. All this will change the way we live, work and play, in many profound ways,” he said in his opening remarks during the 5G MOCN presentation and demonstration yesterday.

With the successful conclusion of the MOCN integration, MNOs will now be able to offer high quality and affordable 5G services to their end-users, when the MNOs sign up to acquire 5G wholesale services from DNB.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa added that the MOCN technology was meant to provide the nations with an efficient and cost-effective connectivity technology to ensure that everyone in the nation could enjoy the 5G rollout.

“Today I witnessed the seamless integration between DNB’s 5G radio network with each MNOs’ existing core platforms, which will eliminate costly duplication in infrastructure investments and is expected to drive lower 5G prices to end-users. This will further enable the accelerated adoption of 5G services in Malaysia and narrow the digital divide,” he said.

5G services are expected to see its official launching at the end of 2021 covering the area of Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya, Putrajaya and the Klang Valley region, and the nation will see 80% of 5G rollout in the period of three years.

Users with 5G compatible devices will be able to enjoy at least 100Mbps of connection speed meaning at the weakest point of 5G coverage users with 5G compatible devices will enjoy connection with at least 100Mbps.