Teo: As 5G Coverage Expands, Prices Could Become Cheaper

The Deputy Comms and Digital Minister said the current price per GB is RM1.68, but it could go as low as RM0.13 per GB.
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5G offers faster speeds, lower latency, and higher reliability than previous generations of wireless technology, making it a highly sought-after service. Lowering the prices for 5G internet will make it accessible to more people. This has had a significant impact on industries such as healthcare, transportation, and education, as well as on individual users who rely on fast and reliable internet for work, entertainment, and communication.

While prices for 5G internet are still higher than those for 4G and other technologies, the trend towards lower prices is a positive development for those who seek to take advantage of this new and powerful technology.

According to Malay Mail, Teo Nie Ching, the Deputy Communications and Digital Minister, expressed her optimism that the prices of 5G high-speed internet could be lowered with the expansion of its coverage.

Currently, the cost for users is RM1.68 per gigabyte (GB). However, Teo believes that with the expansion of 5G channels, the price of internet can be further reduced. She explained that the current price of 5G service access is 30,000 per gigabits (Gbps) per month, which is equivalent to RM0.13 per GB.

During Minister’s Question Time, Teo responded to a question from MP Lim Guan Eng, who asked about the cost and quality of 5G services and efforts to reduce prices. He also inquired as to how long it will take for Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the rest of the nation, to have 5G coverage.

She stated that the country’s accessibility rollout is currently at 54.7% overall, while it is slightly faster in Penang, at 56.6%. She also explained that the target of the Ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is to achieve 80% coverage in areas with population.

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