Maxis ready to complete SSA process and get second 5G network rolled out in Malaysia

  • Decision will provide greater certainty to dual 5G network rollout
  • 5G-Advanced (5.5G) adoption among consumers, business and govt

Maxis believes operating its own 5G network will give the operator a competitive advantage in the market versus relying on the network provided by Digital Nasional Bhd.

Finally, the end game to the back and forth of Malaysia’s 5G network situation is in sight. From declaring in Feb 2021 it was going for a world first Single Wholesale Network model for its 5G rollout, the government relented to industry feedback and agreed to a Dual Wholesale Network model in May 2023 but with certain stipulations.

Today, Maxis announced that it is ready to complete the Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) share subscription agreement (SSA) process in accordance with the SSA's terms and to sign the Shareholders Agreement (SHA) with DNB.

Maxis ready to complete SSA process and get second 5G network rolled out in MalaysiaGoh Seow Eng (pic), CEO of Maxis, said in a statement, "We want to see an early conclusion to the SSA process as it will provide greater certainty to the nation's dual 5G network rollout. Completing the SSA process is a pragmatic and necessary step to commence the transition to a dual 5G network. Maxis is fully prepared to start building the second 5G network immediately to accelerate the nation's 5G plan and bring its economic benefits to Malaysians at a faster pace."

Maxis said this puts it on track to an early completion of its SSA process and to participate in the rollout of the second 5G network, “well ahead of the timeline announced by the Minister of Communications, Fahrni Fadzil, on 2 June.”

Maxis stressed that it wholeheartedly supports and is fully committed to a swift implementation of the Government's dual 5G network model and looks forward to playing a major role in advancing Malaysia's digital agenda as an active and key participant in the upcoming phase of the nation's 5G rollout. This includes promoting 5G and 5G-Advanced (5.5G) adoption and innovation among consumers, businesses and the government sector.


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