Malaysian communications minister reverses spectrum allocation decisions

4 Jun 2020

In the wake of the recent revelation that the Malaysian communications minister had last month signed off a raft of new regulatory directives allocating spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 2600MHz bands, it has now been officially announced that these orders have been cancelled.

In an press release issued by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia on 3 June, communications minister Saifuddin Abdullah confirmed that he had directed the chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to cancel the earlier ministerial directives related to the frequency allocations. With the statement by the minister citing technical and legal issues, as well as the need to ensure ‘a transparent process’, it also noted that the chairman of the MCMC has been ordered to urgently review the ‘18 instruments including orders and assignments concerning the use of spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 2600MHz ranges’ that had earlier been presented to Abdullah.