LANGKAWI: Bids for the 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum bands for the roll-out of 5G will open in April, says the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak said companies may send their bids for the 26 GHz and 28 GHz millimetre wave bands in April.

“We will give the millimetre wave bands to non-licensees (non-telcos), for instance factories that need 5G.

“They need not call telecommunications companies, they can use the millimetre wave networks,” he said.

The ​​​​​​​millimetre wave networks are suitable for use up to 200-300 metres, enabling industry players to raise their productivity.

“They do not provide services to the people, and like with walkie-talkies, to use you need permission from the MCMC,” he said.

The MCMC will allocate the 700 MHz and 3.5 Ghz spectrum bands to a consortium comprising multiple licensees, but not to individual licensees. – Jan 20, 2020 Bernama

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