Does Malaysia need a second wholesale 5G network?
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Does Malaysia need a second wholesale 5G network?

TowerXchange’s explores Malaysia’s unique approach to 5G and its impact on towercos

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A culture of infrastructure sharing has existed in Malaysia since the turn of the millennium when the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) licensed over a dozen state-backed towercos (SBCs) – one-stop agencies to permit and build towers in their respective states.

Alongside these entities, a healthy independent towerco market has developed, alongside Axiata carve-out EDOTCO, who own nearly half the towers on the market. Other notable towercos include EdgePoint Infrastructure, Naza Communications and OCK.

Continuing the theme of state-led shared infrastructure, the Malaysian government announced in 2021 that it planned to opt for a single national 5G network and appointed Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) to build and run it, with the telcos acting as wholesale customers.



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