Fahmi says govt looking to resume 5G rollout soonest possible

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 — Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil today said that the 5G network rollout in Malaysia will resume as soon as possible, pending a joint review by his ministry and the Finance Ministry.

He said that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim at a Cabinet meeting today had expressed his desire that there should be no delay in the rollout.

"If possible we want to speed it up. We see that the level of implementation in other countries is very high, some have completed it and are already talking about 6G.

"We are starting the process today. We will look into this matter very quickly, very seriously, and not only from a technical angle but also from a legal point of view,” he said during a press conference streamed live on Facebook.

Fahmi also said that Anwar would be meeting with Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB), the company tasked by the previous government to handle the rollout, which would also leave the company owning the whole spectrum of 5G infrastructure.

Fahmi also said that a further announcement on the matter will be made by Anwar — who is also the finance minister — after he meets with DNB.

On Monday, Anwar had alleged that the project award to DNB had not been done with a proper tender process and that the award will need to be reviewed.

Yesterday, DNB in a statement maintained that the tender process was transparent and said it was committed to cooperate with the review.