Malaysia’s 5G Task Force Reaches Agreement on DNB Equity Participation and 5G Access

Major Malaysian telcos join hands with state-owned DNB to strengthen 5G infrastructure, aiming for 80 percent coverage by 2023 and a dual network model in 2024.


  • Major Malaysian operators acquire stakes in state-owned DNB for 5G expansion.
  • DNB targets 80 percent 5G coverage in populated areas by the end of 2023.
  • Dual network model implementation planned for January 2024.

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Malaysia's 5G Task Force Reaches Agreement on DNB Equity Participation and 5G Access

Major Malaysian operators have decided to acquire stakes in the state-owned wholesale 5G operator, Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), following discussions with the authorities regarding equity and access to 5G network. Malaysia's 5G Network Implementation Task Force has successfully reached an agreement on equity participation in DNB.

Also Read: CelcomDigi Embarks on Full-Scale Programme to Build Malaysia’s Future Digital Network

The task force, jointly chaired by the Chief Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Digital, has been actively working towards advancing the country's 5G infrastructure.

Telcos Invest in 5G Expansion

According to the press release issued by the Minister, shared widely on social accounts, Key telecommunications players, including Celcom Digi, Maxis, Telekom Malaysia, U-Mobile, and YTL Communications, are finalizing the shareholding process with DNB.

Also Read: Telekom Malaysia Announces Termination of Share Subscription Agreement with DNB

Achieving 80 Percent 5G Coverage by 2023

The collaboration aims to support the development of DNB's 5G network, to achieve 80 percent coverage in populated areas by the end of 2023. However, the release didn't contain details of the stakes each operator agreed to or planned to take.

Subsequently, the network will transition to a dual network model, expected to begin as early as January 2024 as reported by TelecomTalk. The statement noted that service providers involved are committed to taking all necessary governance actions to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Also Read: Malaysia to Allow Second 5G Network Deployment, Telcos Respond

According to the release, as of 30 June 2023, DNB has already covered 64.7 percent of populated areas with 5G Network infrastructure and is on track to meet the set target.

Maxis to Offer 5G Services Soon

Maxis has recently taken a step further by initiating the process of signing a 5G access agreement with DNB. The agreement was finalized on 11 July 2023, paving the way for Maxis customers to begin enjoying 5G services once shareholder approval is obtained at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) next month, as reported by TelecomTalk.

Also Read: Maxis Intends Agreement to Access DNB’s 5G Infrastructure in Malaysia

On the other hand, Celcom Digi, Telekom Malaysia, U-Mobile, and YTL Communications have already started offering 5G services since signing the 5G access agreement with DNB last year.

The Ministry of Communications and Digital stated that the goal is to provide the best 5G services for the Malaysian public, considering the growing demand for high-speed and efficient connectivity in various sectors.

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