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Malaysia’s DNB offers free 5G services to telecom companies in first rollout

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask uses his phone as he sees the Petronas Twin Towers in the background in Kuala Lumpur
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask uses his phone as he sees the Petronas Twin Towers in the background in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 12, 2021. REUTERS / Lim Huey Teng / File Photo

December 6, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s state agency Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) on Monday said it would offer free wholesale 5G service to mobile carriers in a first rollout expected to start. beginning next week, amid concerns among operators about their pricing plans.

DNB, a government agency tasked with building and managing the entire fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications network, has yet to enter into a long-term agreement with any mobile operators, with the companies being telecom companies raised concerns about transparency and pricing issues, Reuters reported last month https://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-no-takers-malaysias-5g-plan-major-telcos -balk-over-pricing-2021-11-10.

Telekom Malaysia Bhd on Saturday became the first operator to sign up for a 5G trial with DNB.

DNB in ​​a statement said 5G services will be commercially available from December 15 in three central areas, including parts of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

The agency said it will offer free 5G service to all operators integrated into its network between now and March 31, as it seeks to finalize wholesale agreements with carriers. network. DNB said it hopes to sign a long-term contract in early 2022.

A “reference access offer” – a public document that will include details of DNB’s 5G wholesale model, including its price and service commitments – will be submitted by the company’s communications regulator. Malaysia approved it shortly after extensive feedback from the industry, DNB said.

Operators who sign up for the wholesale plan before March 31 will receive additional free access to all additional 5G capacity during the initial period of operation, it said.

It also reiterates https://www.reuters.com/technology/malaysias-5g-network-fees-will-cost-telcos-less-says-finance-minister-2021-11-25 that its 5G pricing plan will cheaper for mobile service providers than they incur for 4G.

The telecom companies said that under the proposed pricing plan, they could end up paying more than they would if they introduced 5G on their own, as the plan doesn’t take into account the additional requirements associated with problems such as traffic and backup costs.

(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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