• June 22nd, 2012
  • Robert Zak

It’s starting to look like an inevitability that Britain will be the last country in the world to enjoy the privilege of 4G-accommodating LTE networks. Malaysia is the latest country to be just about ready to jump on the 4G bandwagon, as the Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is finalising allocating the 2.6GHz spectrum.

The spectrum will essentially make Malaysia LTE-ready, and be a massive step forward in boosting communications and business for the fast-growing economy.

MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi had this to say about the spectrum allocation:

“We are looking at infrastructure and not service provider consolidation. They (telco players) will get to keep their brands, but they need to share (the spectrum) across maybe two to three networks.”

“Not all nine players will get the spectrum. We are still going through the (proposals), Tarmizi added. “There’s no point duplicating networks and infrastructure. What you want is to focus on where it matters for the customer, which is service delivery.”

The frequency is set to go live on 1 January, 2013. Hopefully by that time the UK will at least have decided who’s getting what share of our own 4G spectrums. Step on it, Britain!

[Source: The Star]