Speaking at the launch of the MyDIGITAL blueprint launch, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government will invest RM15 billion over the next few years to implement 5G connectivity nationwide.
The investment is expected to create over 100,000 employment opportunities and will be carried through a special purpose vehicle under Putrajaya’s supervision.
All licensed telecommunications companies have also been assured they will receive equal access in marketing their 5G services,
“The sharing of infrastructure cost will allow telcos to generate higher returns and therefore will be able to provide better and cheaper 5G services to customers,” he said.
The Prime Minister assured Malaysians will be able to enjoy 5G access by year end in phases.
The Government has also announced the investment of RM21 billion through the country’s national digital infrastructure plan known as Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela) over the next five years.
Jendela is a joint initiative by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), various government agencies, and the major industry players aims to make sure every Malaysian has quality internet connectivity.
Jendela will be rolled out in phases over the next few years, with Phase 1 already in motion to shut down 3G, expanding the current 4G nationwide footprint and getting networks to be future ready for 5G.
This fixed line optical fibre network will cover almost 100 percent of the population in stages — from 7.5 million premises by the end of 2022 to nine million premises by the end of 2025.