Putrajaya backtracks on 5G awards

Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says bandwidths are national assets by law and their efficient management is crucial to the development of the communications sector. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 3, 2020.

THE government today rescinded an order to award 5g broadband frequency bands to five companies, said Saifuddin Abdullah.

“Due to technical and legal reasons and the need for a more transparent process, I have instructed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman to cancel all awards pertaining to the bandwidths and to review them,” said the communications and multimedia minister in a statement today.

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