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Malaysia details 5G spectrum assignment plan

03 JAN 2020

Malaysia’s telecoms regulator confirmed plans to allocate 5G spectrum across four bands, with commercial deployments expected to begin by the third quarter of 2020.

Following a public inquiry and release of a final report in September last year, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) identified the 700MHz, 3.5GHz, 26GHz and 28GHz bands as spectrum frequencies for the rollout of 5G.

Taking a new approach, MCMC is considering allocating the 700MHz and 3.5GHz bands to a single entity comprising a consortium formed by multiple licensees, instead of individual licensees, in an effort to lower capex by minimising costs and preventing the duplication of infrastructure. It will hold a tender.

Initially it will assign only 2x30MHz in the 700MHz band and 100MHz in the 3.5GHz band.

Frequencies in the 26GHz and 28GHz bands will be considered for assignment at a later date.

MCMC said the existing allocation of 4G spectrum will be maintained, which includes the assignment of the 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz bands until December 2021, with a review of these bands planned in 2021.

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