Malaysia plans to spend almost $4 billion for 5G network rollout

Malaysians can expect much faster mobile Internet connections in the coming years as the government is injecting 15 billion ringgit ($3.7 billion) to roll out the country’s 5G network over the next ten years, The Straits Times wrote on February 20.

The roll-out of the fast mobile network will begin in selected areas by the end of this year, the country’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said.

The 5G technology will boost healthcare, among other sectors, by enabling “health monitoring applications for chronic patients, smart emergency assistance and special applications for senior citizens who are living alone,” he said.

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced many workers to work from home and students to go online for their lessons, has shown the need for faster Internet service as well, he said.

The 5G network can be up to 20 times faster than current 4G mobile connections, according to telecom experts.

Role of digital technology becomes crucial for economies

“The role of digital technology has become more obvious over the last one year when the Covid-19 pandemic created challenges for countries to continue life as normal,” Muhyiddin said.

“It has never been clearer that technology is a convenient tool for advancement in the best of times, and an essential tool of survival during the most challenging of crises,” he added.

Malaysia’s household Internet penetration rate improved from 87 per cent in 2018 to 90.1 per cent in 2019, according to government data, but the country suffers from a lack of high-quality Internet infrastructure in rural and remote areas.

A total of 35.3 per cent of urban households had access to fixed broadband in 2019, compared with a mere 11.7 per cent of rural households, the data shows.



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Malaysians can expect much faster mobile Internet connections in the coming years as the government is injecting 15 billion ringgit ($3.7 billion) to roll out the country’s 5G network over the next ten years, The Straits Times wrote on February 20. The roll-out of the fast mobile network will begin in selected areas by the end of this year, the country's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said. The 5G technology will boost healthcare, among other sectors, by enabling “health monitoring applications for chronic patients, smart emergency assistance and special applications for senior citizens who are living alone,” he said. The Covid-19 pandemic, which...

Malaysians can expect much faster mobile Internet connections in the coming years as the government is injecting 15 billion ringgit ($3.7 billion) to roll out the country’s 5G network over the next ten years, The Straits Times wrote on February 20.

The roll-out of the fast mobile network will begin in selected areas by the end of this year, the country’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said.

The 5G technology will boost healthcare, among other sectors, by enabling “health monitoring applications for chronic patients, smart emergency assistance and special applications for senior citizens who are living alone,” he said.

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced many workers to work from home and students to go online for their lessons, has shown the need for faster Internet service as well, he said.

The 5G network can be up to 20 times faster than current 4G mobile connections, according to telecom experts.

Role of digital technology becomes crucial for economies

“The role of digital technology has become more obvious over the last one year when the Covid-19 pandemic created challenges for countries to continue life as normal,” Muhyiddin said.

“It has never been clearer that technology is a convenient tool for advancement in the best of times, and an essential tool of survival during the most challenging of crises,” he added.

Malaysia’s household Internet penetration rate improved from 87 per cent in 2018 to 90.1 per cent in 2019, according to government data, but the country suffers from a lack of high-quality Internet infrastructure in rural and remote areas.

A total of 35.3 per cent of urban households had access to fixed broadband in 2019, compared with a mere 11.7 per cent of rural households, the data shows.



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