Malaysian 5G networks ready to roll-out in November

U Mobile has signed AA with DNB to enable its customers to use its 5G-ready postpaid and prepaid plans beginning Nov 3

by AZALEA AZUAR / pic by Bloomberg

MALAYSIAN telecommunication operators (telcos) are ready to roll-out their 5G networks in November.

U Mobile Sdn Bhd has signed a 5G Access Agreement (AA) with Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) on Oct 30, 2022 to enable its customers to use its 5G-ready postpaid and prepaid plans beginning Nov 3.

According to its CEO Wong Heang Tuck, the company is supportive of the government’s vision of a single wholesale network for 5G deployment.

At the same time, all operators will have access to the same network regardless of speed and quality.

“Hence, we are delighted to have signed the 5G AA and be part of this network. 

“We have full faith that DNB will honour the mandate of providing quality 5G coverage and capacity on an equitable and non-discriminatory basis,” he said in a statement today.

He added that U Mobile is excited to provide 5G services from DNB’s single network which makes it capable of any other in the industry.

“We are also optimistic that we would bring a seamless and unbeatable connectivity experience for DNB’s 5G network and are looking forward to other industries,” Wong said.

Under U Mobile’s 5G-ready postpaid plans include U Postpaid 38 (30GB of 4G and 5G data), U Postpaid 68 (100GB of 4G and 5G data) and U Postpaid 98 (1,000GB of 4G and 5G data, which can be shared with up to 6 U FamilyShare lines). 

Its 5G prepaid plans include U25 and U35 plans.

On the other hand, Celcom Axiata Bhd will also be offering 5G-enabled devices and access to 5G networks starting tomorrow.

To encourage more customers to take up its service, it will be waiving the access fee as per their Internet quota until Dec 31.

They will also enjoy a variety of 5G Virtual Reality content as well as 5G roaming services in 14 countries. 

Celcom CEO Datuk Idham Nawawi expressed his excitement in the 5G rollout which will help all Malaysians.

“Leveraging on Celcom’s widest coverage, our customers will be able to enjoy services that are reliable with consistent network performance. 

“Celcom will continuously work with local and international technology partners towards the development of a diverse 5G ecosystem in Malaysia to develop and offer 5G Enterprise solutions across various industries,” he said.

Only five telcos excluding Maxis Bhd which are Celcom, U Mobile, Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd will be executing their respective access agreements to roll-out their 5G networks.

TM will also be taking up an equity stake in DNB which will commence on Oct 7 and shall expire on Oct 6, 2023.

“Under the access agreements, DNB will provide the national 5G wholesale network product, which is a base product on DNB’s 5G access network.

“TM must subscribe to the national 5G wholesale network product in order to gain access to other 5G services offered by DNB,” it said in a Bursa filing.

So far, Celcom possesses a 12.5% stake while YTL Communications and TM will have 20% each and the Ministry of Finance will hold the remaining 35% stake.

Dayang Norazhar

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