The Malaysian government has selected Ericsson to deploy a 5G network for its Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) unit. According to Reuters, Ericsson will be responsible for the end-to-end development of the network at a total cost of MYR11 billion (USD2.6 billion). This includes the core, radio access and transport network, operation and business support systems and managed systems. DNB aims to launch 5G in the national and administrative capitals of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya by the end of the year, before eventually expanding nationwide by 2023.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, DNB was licensed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in March this year and will act as a special purpose vehicle to deploy 5G technology across the country.