Plans to waive 5G subscription charges by major mobile network operators (MNO) are expected to be available within the next few weeks, says Fahmi Fadzil.
The Communications and Digital Minister said the matter is being discussed with the relevant MNOs and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
“The request is for the MNOs not to impose additional charges to take up 5G just like the transition to 4G – which we started using without having to opt in,” he told reporters after the launch of PETRONAS’ private 5G network at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Friday (Oct 6).
Fahmi said one of the ministry’s suggestions is for the 5G network to be an automatic upgrade for users who can then choose to opt out.
“Even if we have immediate opt-in, not everyone can use 5G immediately. That is why programmes such as the 5G Rahmah would benefit the B40 group to purchase devices that can use the network,” he said.
He also said only about seven million out of 45 million mobile user accounts in Malaysia are equipped with 5G-ready devices.
In August, Fahmi had planned to meet with local MNOs to discuss reported additional charges levied by telcos on 5G subscriptions.
He also said not all MNOs are imposing the 5G subscription charges.