Eight companies allowed access to the 2600 MHz spectrum band
Service providers expected to enter into smart partnerships and sharing agreements, says MCMC
THE Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has announced the allocation of the much-anticipated 2600 MHz spectrum band, paving the way for Malaysians to enjoy 4G (Fourth Generation) services which could offer mobile broadband speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.
Eight (8) companies will be allowed access to the 2600 MHz spectrum band: Celcom Axiata Bhd, DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd, Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd, Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd, REDtone Marketing Sdn Bhd, U Mobile Sdn Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.
The term 4G is generally used to refer to mobile broadband services delivered using the next generation of mobile broadband technologies including Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX, the industry regulator said.
The technology promises many new services to consumers such as high definition video streaming, enhanced user experience on real-time applications and better connectivity for mobile and consumer electronic devices, the MCMC said in a statement.
Since the introduction of 3G and WiMAX technology in Malaysia, the demand for better quality mobile broadband service has intensified, it added.
This allocation is in line with similar initiatives in countries like the United States and some European states. Market readiness for 4G technology is also reaching maturity as many of the latest devices in the global market support its use.
“The MCMC is always committed to finding the right balance between the needs of consumers, investors and other stakeholders of the industry,” said its chairman Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi.
“We believe that the balance struck between ensuring healthy competition in the market and promoting industry development will help spur continued growth for existing service providers and provide opportunity for new market entrants.”
Existing service providers may use the 2600 MHz allocation to further expand and enhance the capacity of their mobile broadband networks to meet increasing consumer demands, whilst the introduction of a new player is expected to bring fresh ideas and innovation to the market, the MCMC said.
Service providers are also expected to enter into smart partnerships and sharing agreements between them which include spectrum and radio access network sharing in order to utilize larger bandwidths, lower the cost of roll-out and offer better 4G-experience and affordability to consumers.
Additionally, smart partnerships mean shared infrastructure thus reducing the duplication of physical transmission towers. 4G wholesale MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Service) will also be offered to other service providers that do not get access to the allocation.
“With this new technology, the people can look forward to improvements in their digital lifestyle. For the business community, cloud services, teleworking, teleconferencing and video type applications can be better experienced whilst on the move,” said Mohamed Sharil.
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