MCMC considering fines for WiMAX rollout target failures

15 Apr 2010

Following questions by government ministers over the current penetration levels for WiMAX services, it has been confirmed that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is considering levying fines against three operators for not meeting coverage targets. According to Bernama, the Deputy Minister of Information Communication and Culture, Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, has reiterated that three of the country’s four WiMAX licensees had failed to achieve targets set at part of their concessions between March 2008 and March 2009. The minister noted however that the regulator was currently reviewing appeals by the operators before deciding on the relevant penalty, stating: ‘The fine will depend on their implementation process and consideration of the MCMC.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the four companies that were awarded 2.3GHz licences suitable for the deployment of WiMAX networks in March 2007 were Packet One Networks, Y-Max Networks, Asiaspace Dotcom and REDtone-CNX.