KKD: Govt will step in if local telcos fail to reach 5G network ownership agreement

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Previously, we reported that the DNB 5G share subscription agreement (SSA) with 5 local telcos has been delayed yet again. Now, the Ministry of Communications and Digital (KKD) has announced that should Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) fail to reach an agreement on ownership of the DNB 5G network and the upcoming second 5G network, the government would be stepping in. 

As reported by The Star, KKD Minister Fahmi Fadzil said that the government will step in to finalise the ownership of the dual 5G network operators if they remain in deadlock as it is now. Do note that the second 5G network would only be introduced after the current DNB 5G network has reached 80% coverage in Malaysia’s populated areas. 

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As of end-October, the coverage stands at 73% with the target expected to be achieved by the end of 2023. In relation to the SSA, Fahmi said that it’s either MNOs come to a mutual agreement as to which telco will be in which entity or the final decision will be made by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). 

The 5 MNOs that would be part of the DNB 5G SSA are YTL Communications (Yes), Telekom Malaysia (TM), U Mobile, CelcomDigi and U Mobile. Hence, for the latest developments on this and for more trending tech news, do stay tuned to TechNave.