DiGi submits plans for 2600MHz spectrum usage

17 Jan 2011

Malaysian mobile network operator DiGi Telecommunications has reportedly submitted its business plan to the country’s telecoms regulator related to its proposed use of spectrum in the 2600MHz band, Bernama reports. The operator made the submission following the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC’s) award of frequencies in the 2600MHz band last year; as previously reported by CommsUpdate, in October 2010 the regulator had assigned spectrum to nine companies, including DiGi. It is understood that the regulator required each company to put forward a business plan regarding how the frequencies would be used, and commenting on the company’s plans for the to-be-allocated spectrum, DiGi noted: ‘The board believes that the spectrum will enable the company to provide enhanced mobile broadband services to customers .’

Those other companies that have been told they will be allocated frequencies are: mobile operators Celcom, Maxis, DiGi and U-Mobile; WiMAX players Asiaspace, Packet One Networks (P1), REDtone and YTL Communications; and a new company, Puncak Semangat. The MCMC has confirmed that all nine will be required to pay for the allocated spectrum, although it has yet to disclose how much the additional spectrum will cost each operator. Access to the frequencies in question is not expected until the beginning of 2013.