Reuters reported on July 1 that Malaysia on Thursday announced Ericsson as a 5G partner.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for end-to-end network development in Malaysia at a total cost of 11 billion ringgits (about 2.65 billion U.S. dollars,) Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), the Malaysian state-owned company in charge of the project, said in a statement. RMB about 17 billion).
In the early days, Malaysia was preparing for DNB and invited the world’s first-class suppliers to participate. Eight communication equipment suppliers including Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, NEC, Cisco and Fiberhome have all received invitations. Other suppliers are generally quoting around 15 billion ringgit.
DNB said the agreement includes core, radio access and transport networks, operations and business support systems and management systems, in addition to supporting the development and participation of local suppliers.
Malaysia aims to roll out 5G in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya by the end of this year, eventually expanding nationwide by 2023, DNB said.
It is reported that the relevant departments of Malaysia have directly handed over 5G spectrum such as 700MHz, 3500MHz and 28GHz to National Digital, and then telecom companies can directly sign the spectrum with this company and provide 5G services. The analysis pointed out that Malaysia hopes to reduce the bidding cost of enterprises and accelerate the construction of 5G infrastructure through this move.
Allegedly, Huawei also participated in the bidding, but ultimately missed.
Malaysia believes that this provides major communication equipment manufacturers with the opportunity to design and build the world’s first national-level 5G wholesale network, and this cooperation idea is likely to be “followed” by other emerging market economies.
Previously, Malaysia had aspired to complete the commercial deployment of 5G by 2022. However, in February this year, Malaysia announced that it would adjust its 5G development plan and strive to launch commercial 5G by the end of 2021. The country expects about 105,000 jobs to be created from the RM15 billion nationwide 5G network initiative.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for the development of the end-to-end 5G network in Malaysia, and Ericsson has committed to arranging financing for the supply, delivery and management of the entire 5G network, “DNB” said.
The first batch of 5G commercial networks of “DNB” will be launched in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya by the end of 2021. By 2022, “DNB” will begin deploying 5G networks in 5 major cities and regions including Selangor, Penang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, and thereafter, from 2023 onwards, covering 17 cities and rural areas across Malaysia area. “DNB” also plans to achieve 5G network coverage of 80% of the population of Malaysia by 2024.