A Malaysian government-backed task force convenes today, in light of the impending launch of a second 5G network. With the first network boasting over 80% connectivity coverage, anticipation thrives. In an unexpected twist, the government took control after declining a traditional 5G spectrum auction. Initial resistance from local mobile operators eventually sheared, replacing defiance with a collaborative investment. The ensuing 5G network, however, aims to break this monopoly, fostering competition.

Malaysia’s 5G space sees major collaborative efforts as five mobile network operators (MNOs) each nets a 14% equity stake in Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), forming a total 70% share. The remaining 30% will rest with the government. This bolstering of DNB’s finances aims to facilitate the evolution from the current Single Wholesale Network model to a more efficient Dual Network one.