The Malaysian government has said it will withdraw the 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum licences that were given out on a trial basis to telcos in 2005. The move follows Kuala Lumpur’s decision two months ago to encourage the industry to concentrate on 2.3GHz WiMAX, 3G and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) platforms, to boost broadband take-up in the country. ‘Those [trial licences] without customers will be immediately withdrawn, while those with customers will be given five years to do so under the MCMC regulations,’ said Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.
Seven companies were given access to 3.5GHz spectrum: namely Airzed Broadband, AtlasONE, TT dotCom, Maxis Broadband, Telekom Malaysia, NasionCom and eB Technologies. Airzed Broadband, AtlasONE, Jaring Communications, Maxis Broadband, TM, TT dotCom and eB Technologies meanwhile were given access to the 2.5GHz spectrum. The 2.3GHz WiMAX spectrum was awarded earlier this year to YTL E-Solutions, Packet One Networks, Asiaspace Dotcom (all Peninsular Malaysia) and REDtone-CNX Broadband (Sabah and Sarawak).