PM: Malaysia to review plans for 5G network

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Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said on Dec 5 his administration will review a plan for a state-owned 5G network introduced by the previous government as it was not formulated transparently.

Malaysia, in 2021, unveiled a plan for a state-owned agency to own all 5G spectrum, with various carriers using the infrastructure to provide mobile services.

The single ownership of spectrum raised concerns from the country’s major carriers over pricing, transparency and monopoly.

The 5G plans will be evaluated to ensure they strictly followed procedures, Anwar said at a news conference following his first cabinet meeting.


“It needs to be reviewed because it was not done in a transparent manner,” Anwar said, without giving details.