Malaysia set to roll out second 5G wholesale network

Malaysia set to roll out second 5G wholesale network The current state of Digital Nasional Berhad's (DNB) leadership does differ from its initial structure. As of today, January 15, 2024: No Chairman: The position of Chairman has been vacant since April 2023, following the resignation of the previous chairman. Two Board Members: Currently, DNB has only two remaining board members. This is significantly smaller than the planned size of the board, which was initially set at seven members. This situation has raised concerns about potential governance issues and a lack of strong leadership at DNB. Some stakeholders argue that the absence of a full board and chairman could hinder the decision-making process and negatively impact the rollout of 5G infrastructure in Malaysia. The government has acknowledged these concerns and has assured the public that they are actively searching for qualified candidates to fill the vacant positions. However, there is no official timeline for when new bo

Fewer 5G SA deployments in 2023 - is it still a priority for MNOs?

Fewer 5G SA deployments in 2023 - is it still a priority for MNOs? New research shows a decline in 5G Standalone (SA) deployments compared to 2022, prompting the question: Is 5G SA losing its shine for mobile network operators (MNOs)? The answer is nuanced and varies by market. Here's why: Why 5G SA might be losing momentum: 1. Cost: Implementing 5G SA requires building a dedicated network infrastructure, unlike cost-effective 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) that leverages existing 4G infrastructure. 2. Complexity: Building a robust SA network is resource-intensive and demands careful planning. 3. Customer readiness: Not all markets are at a stage where advanced 5G SA features like VoNR, network slicing, and edge computing are commercially viable. Challenges in the ecosystem: 1. Limited UE support: The current number of UEs with proper 5G SA capabilities is still scarce, making it difficult for MNOs to justify widespread network upgrades just for a limited audience. 2. Missing killer use c

GSMA Policy - Single Whole Sale Networks

The last couple of years have seen countries move away from interventionist spectrum policies such as single wholesale networks (SWNs) to other, more collaborative policies encouraging investment in underserved areas, delivering mobile capacity and encouraging adoption. In a new report on single wholesale networks, the GSMA looks at the demise of this spectrum licensing approach and other more effective solutions to addressing coverage and usage gaps. The latter includes case studies from Brazil and the U.K. All hashtag # governments must carefully consider their approach to increase the quality and reach of next-generation mobile broadband. The best way forward is for governments, regulators, and mobile operators to collaborate on long-term solutions. Best practice learnings include: 🟥 Affordable access to low-band spectrum promotes mobile coverage and increases capacity. 🟥 Setting out a robust spectrum roadmap allows long-term planning and minimises OpEx. 🟥 Technology neutrality