PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) have announced that the 5G network will be implemented as a Single Wholesale Network (SWN) and opening the space to the telecommunication companies that have equities in the Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB).
According to MOF and KKMM, following several engagements with the government Members of Parliament (MPs) Opposition MPs, telecommunication companies and civil societies, the government has decided that the SWN model led by DNB based on “cost recovery” and “guided by offers” together with the equity involvement of the telecommunication companies is the best solution to speed up the implementation of the 5G networks and to encourage the people to use 5G.
“The involvement of the telecommunication companies in building the 3G and 4G networks in Malaysia will be of great help in the implementation of the 5G network in Malaysia,” said the Ministries’ statement.
The statement added, the implementation of the SWN model is to ensure no financial implication on the contract that has been agreed with the network equipment providers that has been appointed i.e Ericsson (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. It has designed the implementation plan by optimising the contract works and services for the local vendors with the estimation of 61 per cent benefitting the Bumiputera interests.
“The government with 100 per cent equities in DNB has now agreed to offer 70 per cent of their equities in DNB to the telecommunication companies while the government continues to hold 30 per cent,” the statement added.
“The implementation of 5G will lead the national socio-economic transformation that is estimated to contribute RM650 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) until 2030.
“The SWN model was retained and as the government stand towards the policy continuity in Malaysia. It also symbolises the sharing model of the Malaysian public-private sector that is stable while the ecosystem financed by the private sectors is strong and this as a whole will increase the confidence of the investors,” Minister of Finance, Senator Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said.
Meanwhile the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said, the people should enjoy the 5G high quality services , fair and at reasonable price especially to help speed up the economic recovery of post pandemic Malaysia in the coming years.
“The SWN model will help the digital gap between the city and rural areas closer and to enable all the people to enjoy high quality 5G services that have been vastly provided by the telecommunication companies,” Annuar said.
According to the statement, DNB will be monitored by KKMM as the ministry responsible on communications via the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) and the same goes to other communication companies. However, MOF will continue to monitor DNB in good governance aspects and as a share holder.-Malaysia World News