Malaysia Announces 5G Spectrum Allocation Plan: Commercial Deployment Expected In Third Quarter of This Year
The Malaysian telecommunications regulator has confirmed that it plans to deploy 5G spectrum in 4 frequency bands and it is expected to begin commercial deployment in the third quarter of 2020.
Last September, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) conducted a public investigation and issued a final report. Subsequently, the committee identified 5G spectrum frequencies in the 700MHz, 3.5GHz, 26GHz, and 28GHz bands.
MCMC is considering a new approach to allocate the 700MHz and 3.5GHz frequency bands to a single entity that consists of multiple licensees rather than a single licensee, thereby minimizing costs and preventing infrastructure To reduce capital expenditure. It will hold a tender.
Initially, it will allocate 2x30MHz in the 700MHz band and 100MHz in the 3.5GHz band. Frequency in the 26GHz and 28GHz bands will be considered for allocation at a later date.
MCMC said that the current allocation of 4G spectrum will remain unchanged, including the allocation of 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz bands by December 2021, and plans to review these bands by 2021.