DNB urged to engage Opposition MPs on 5G rollout

by BERNAMA / pic credit: digital-nasional.com.my

DIGITAL Nasional Bhd (DNB) has been asked to conduct engagement sessions including with Opposition MPs on the implementation of the 5G network. 

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the final decision to use the single wholesale network (SWN) model for the rollout of the 5G network is still pending, adding that the negotiation process between DNB and telecommunication companies (telcos) is being handled by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. 

He said the Cabinet wanted further explanations before any changes to earlier decisions were made. 

“…so far, our country has chosen the SWN system by forming a company wholly owned by the government to build infrastructure while telcos will implement actions or functions to conduct 5G retail business,” he said when winding up the Supply 2022 Bill (Budget 2022) debate at the committee level for the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. 

Annuar said the government has taken an open approach for the matter to be discussed and revisited but no final decision has been made on the matter yet. 

Responding to a question from Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil (PH-Lembah Pantai) whether DNB could hold a meeting with Opposition lawmakers in the Parliament, Annuar said DNB should do the same as it did with the backbenchers and initiate the meeting to ensure transparency in all aspects because 5G implementation is a national interest. 

The Supply Bill that allocates RM888,362,300 for KKMM under Budget 2022 was passed after it was debated by more than 20 MPs from the government and Opposition blocs as well by independent MPs.