5G importance. There have been talks of 5G, how it’s sweeping across the globe, and how it’s different from the current 4G LTE. Therefore, what is 5G exactly and what does it mean for Malaysian users and their devices.
We’re here to break it down to bite-size info:
What is 5G?
It refers to the next generation of mobile internet connection that offers faster-than-ever data download and upload speeds. It’s the newest wireless technology found in smartphones, smartwatches, cars, and who knows what else.
With 5G, you will be able to connect far more devices to access mobile internet at the same time. It will also drastically change the time taken, aka latency time it takes for several devices to communicate with wireless networks.
5G Supported Devices
In preparation for 5G, you will undoubtedly need a 5G smartphone to house this ground-breaking technology. Here’s a list of 5G smartphones that have been or will be released soon in the market:
- The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- ZTE Axon 10 5G
- LG V50 ThinQ 5G
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
- Huawei Mate 20X 5G
5G in Malaysia?
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) started 2020 with the unveiling of spectrum bands for 5G. These bands will be assigned in Q2, and commercial availability is targeted in Q3.
Unlike the previous spectrum allocation, lower bands such as 700MHz and 3.5GHz will be assigned to a single entity in the form of a consortium instead of individual carriers. It is to help lower capital expenditure (CAPEX) by reducing cost and preventing duplication of infrastructure.
Most carriers cannot invest in 5G on their own. The 5G Task Force estimates that the deployment is an estimated RM7-8 billion investment. Based on current trends, CAPEX by local carriers have been decreasing to the point of below industry average. They must find ways to tap into 5G while improving on its existing 4G network.
Leading local carriers have collaborated in the 5G space sharing MoU. Sharing resources to eventually roll out the necessary infrastructure and network services to support 5G, sounds like a good plan so far.
What Can Users Expect from 5G Roll Out?
The MCMC has identified 700MHz, 3.5GHz, 26GHz, and 28GHz as the pioneer spectrum bands for the national 5G rollout, with initial implementations for the first two bands to be managed by a consortium formed by multiple licenses.
Malaysia’s 5G will go live soon, with commercialisation set to begin by Q3 of 2020 said MCMC chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak.
You can expect 5G trial runs of 5G network to take place in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya as Communications, and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh pointed out in March last year. This project will be (and is being) carried out by Huawei and Maxis, with the help of the MCMC.
Why is 5G Important for Malaysia?
According to the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER), the presence of 5G will bring a significant impact on the country’s economy. Believe it or not, it’s estimated contribution is said to be up to RM12.7 billion to the GDP between 2021 and 2025.
Besides, 5G also has the potential to create more than 39,000 new jobs with higher income. In 2025, almost 40% of these jobs are available for hire.
Malaysia is currently running its 5G demonstration projects in six states, namely Penang, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Kedah and Terengganu. The total investment for 100 5G use cases has an initial investment value of RM143 million.
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