Annuar said the Malaysian government is reconsidering the single 5G wholesale model by DNB


In this latest news, there seems to be a stumbling block for Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB). According to sources, our Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa just stated that the government may have second thoughts about its current 5G wholesale model plan.

During a press conference of a joint venture signing ceremony between CS Cloud Sdn Bhd and Cloocus Co Ltd, Tan Sri Annuar replied to the reporters that the industry players and telcos have been giving their second opinion and feedback on the 5G wholesale model plan. With that, the Cabinet may be reconsidering the plan under DNB and allow competition between industry players.

In case you didn't know, the current 5G rollout plan is for DNB to be the sole provider of the network. As a special purpose vehicle (SPV) company that is wholly owned by the finance ministry, the company will also offer the service to telcos and retailers in a single wholesale model. At the moment, the telcos have not got on board with DNB's plan even though there is a free 5G service for them between now until 31 March 2022.

As for when the government will make a decision, Tan Sri Annuar said that we will have to wait by next month. The 5G network is set to be commercially launched on 15 December 2021 soon, starting in Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and some places in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian government is planning to prioritise Melaka and Sarawak to have a 5G network infrastructures as well.

Oh well, we can only wait and see what is the final decision by January 2022. Until then, stay tuned for more trending tech news at