The decision of whether the nation’s 5G rollout will be conducted through the planned Single Wholesale Network or otherwise will be decided next Friday, said Annuar Musa.
In a Tweet, the Communications and Multimedia Minister said the cabinet has completed a memorandum regarding the matter and submitted it to the secretariat and that a decision is expected to be made on 11 March.
The memorandum, said Annuar, is the result of a series of engagements with various parties on the rollout of the 5G network conducted by his ministry and the Finance Ministry.
He also asks everyone not to make speciation regarding the matter.
KKMM dan MOF telah melengkapkan siri “engagement” dgn pelbagai pihak mengenai roll out 5G.Memorandum Jemaah Menteri telah di siapkan dan di serah kpd Sekretariat. Ia dijangka di bawa pada 11hb mac utk keputusan.Semua pihak di minta tidak membuat spekulasi mengenainya. pic.twitter.com/ZBjjE7eNqZ— Annuar Musa (@AnnuarMusa) March 3, 2022
It was assumed that the government had done its due diligence before Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) was established last year and touted as the single neutral party to undertake the deployment of 5G infrastructure and network nationwide in line with the goals of the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL).
Last year it was announced that the project has an estimated cost of RM12.5 billion.
Ericsson was awarded the 5G network contract by DNB at the cost of RM11 billion.
However, opposition leader Anuar Ibrahim and DAP’s Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming had pointed out that the project lacks transparency.
Previously we wrote about a report that said the cabinet will decide if the national 5G rollout will continue with its Single Wholesale Network model (SWN) or switch to a Dual Wholesale Networks (DWN) model today.
But it seems that the goal post had been moved, again.