Penang has become the first state in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia to have 5G network coverage following its launch in the state yesterday. During the launching ceremony in George Town, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that 151 sites have been identified to launch the 5G spectrum and will be part of the first phase of the 5G implementation plan by Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB).
According to Bernama, from the 151 sites, 58 new 5G telecommunication structures will be built and the remaining 93 structures are upgrades from existing communication structures. Previously, Penang was selected as one of six states in Malaysia for the implementation of the 5G demonstration projects (5GDP) which began back in 2020.
Chow further elaborated that under phase 2 of the 5G implementation in Penang, a total of 235 5G standard communication structures will be built in the Seberang Perai area. Moreover, another 77 5G communication structures will be built in the Northeast region of Penang.
The Chief Minister also announced that a total of 7 telecommunication companies have been selected to implement 19 "use cases" in Penang with an estimated cost of RM23.2 million. These include 5 "verticals", which are agriculture, education, smart state, manufacturing industry and tourism.
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