Looks like 5G may just be able to be a part of Wawasan 2020. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had announced that they will be rolling out the first set of spectrum bands that will be used for 5G in Malaysia. These have been identified as; 700MHz, 3.5GHz, 26GHz and 28GHz.
According to the MCMC's report, the allocation of the 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz bands will be given to "a single entity comprising a consortium formed by multiple licensees instead of allocating these bands to individual licensees. This will be "assigned in one package through a tender process (beauty contest)." MCMC believes this will help the optimisation of costs, infrastructure and resources.
For the 26GHz and 28GHz bands, these will be assigned in two ways. The 24.9GHz to 26.5GHz will be assigned through the aforementioned tender process (beauty contest) to licensees on a nationwide basis, while the remaining 26.5Hz to 28.1GHz will be assigned on a first-come-firt-served basis and will be open to any party (including non-licensees) for the purpose of deploying localised and/or private networks. These private networks can be for industrial and enterprise services and applications for, but not limited to, healthcare, ports, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, public safety and smart city projects.
While all telcos are urged to continue deploying mobile broadband services using existing technology for 4G for now, all in all, we can expect 5G to really hit Malaysia in Q3 2020. Used right, we can expect this to bring out the best in various Malaysian industries and not just consumers alone.