Thursday, January 28, 2016

Spectrum re-allocation and bidding on the cards, says Salleh

Putrajaya, Thursday, 28 January: 

“The Government’s call to optimise spectrum resources is to achieve the vision of providing widespread communication services to all consumers, especially in rural and remote areas, said Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications and Multimedia.

According to Dr Salleh, in the area of communications and multimedia, the Government is committed to meeting the national targets for the year 2020 and beyond. This will be done through re-allocation and bidding of spectrum resources involving major industry players. In doing so, the Government will ensure that the interests of consumers, the industry and investors are taken into account.

The Minister said, the spectrum resources will be re-allocated to the major players to maintain a sufficient level of competition and resiliency in the mobile market. Re-allocation through a market-based approach will also contribute revenue to the Government.

Said the Minister, “The main reasons for the re-allocation are to ensure efficient use of spectrum, the development of the mobile industry, and that this is focused on service rollout and consumer interests.”

Adequate spectrum to cater for coverage as well as capacity will put the major players in a better position in the near future to rollout 4G services and beyond, in both urban and rural areas.

“This is important to ensure that Malaysia will remain competitive as a nation,” said the Minister.

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