MNOs: Previously Raised Concerns Over 5G Still Not Addressed By DNB And MCMC In RAO

The main telcos who have held discussions with Digital Nasional Berhad, mainly Celcom Axiata Berhad, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Maxis Berhad, and U Mobile Sdn Bhd have issued a statement to the press stating that they have yet to agree on key terms in the Reference Access Offer.

The RAO was recently published by Digital Nasional Berhad, the telcos added that they see themselves reaching an agreement with DNB and MCMC as a key step before discussion of commercial Access Agreements can commence. However, there are sull areas being in discussions with MCMC to seek more clarity on some of the details in the published RAO.

Mobile operators also clarified that a recent analyst report that may be read suggesting that open topics between DNB and DNB’s key prospective customers had been resolved, but added that these interpretations would be inaccurate.

The group said in the statement majority of concerns and issues previously raised and discussed with MCMC and DNB have not yet been adequately addressed in the current document, including key principles proposed for the RAO to be consistent with industry best practices. As a result, it said the RAO in its current published form will not enable affordable and quality 5G services for the rakyat and businesses in Malaysia, and will impede the acceleration of 5G services and penetration in the country.

They have also reiterated to remain committed to continued discussions with MCMC and the industry on the RAO, and look forward to playing an active role in 5G implementation in line with the nation’s digital ambitions. 5G will bring significant benefits to businesses, customers, and Government in strengthening Malaysia’s competitiveness in the region.

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