The Communications and Multimedia Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa has announced that his ministry will be launching Malaysia’s first 5G network today (10 November) with the aim to provide faster internet facilities to Malaysians.
He said this during after presenting Deepavali Rumah Prihatin aid to about 200 families at Rumah Prihatin @ Grand Seasons, reported The Star.
He said the initial 5G rollout will cover Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya for the first year before expanding in stages to cover 36% of the population.
Following which, they will focus on densely populated states, including Penang, Selangor, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.
However, the local telcos have yet to introduce any 5G packages, and it isn’t clear if consumers can start using 5G on their phones.
Annuar said the 5G services will be a gamechanger for the economy of the future as it would create job opportunities in various high-tech sectors.
He added that the ongoing National Digital Network (Jendela), Digital Economic Centres (Pedi) are being created to ensure that the people had a platform to keep abreast of the latest digital technological developments or conduct businesses via e-commerce.
“All these must be capitalised by the people. That’s why the ministry, through the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), will also open Pedi in Rumah Prihatin here to train city folks to get involved in digital economic activities.”
“This matches our goal of encouraging them to resume economic activities or income-generating programmes, in line with the country’s transition towards the (Covid-19) endemic stage.” he said.
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