People said that 4G is more than enough for them, and the lack of "killer apps" is what is preventing the widespread adoption of 5G.
Both CelcomDigi and Maxis charge their customers up to RM20 for the network upgrade.
Users will be able to use the service for text messaging next year with data, voice and IoT services expected to be available by 2025.
The upgrade exercise will be done in almost 25,000 Celcom and Digi sites nationwide.
The Comms and Digital Minister said the 4G speed can go up to almost 60 Mbps.
The Comms and Digital Minister said this arrangement will improve connectivity for all subscribers nationwide.
For now, 5G is only available in Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Nerus, Dungun and Kemaman.
Celcom has the fastest 4G download speed, but for 5G, Digi takes the no.1 spot.
A base station with antennas that is housed in a lunar lander and a solar-powered rover that travels with it will power the network.
The Comms and Digital Minister said a fast and dependable internet access will assist the population and the energy, oil, and petrol industries.