MCMC issues updated Access List Determination

3 Dec 2021

An updated determination relating to the list of telecoms services available to licensees that are subject to price regulation – known as the Access List – has been published by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Having previously launched a public inquiry on the review of the Access List in August 2021, the regulator at that date set out its preliminary views on the facilities and services to be included, removed or amended in list. As part of its review the MCMC said it had formulated focus areas for the inquiry, noting that ‘the common theme underlying all areas is the need to continuously refine the Access List and its implementation, in order to reflect the state of competition in the supply of regulated facilities and services’. In terms of the specific focus areas, those included: ensuring access to Digital Nasional Berhad’s (DNB’s) monopoly 5G single wholesale network; enhancement of ‘High Speed Broadband’ (‘HSBB’) network regulation; ensuring and improving access to passive infrastructure; continuing development of regulation of transmission services; and fostering investment in access network infrastructure.

The MCMC’s newly published Commission Determination on Access List (Determination No. 6 of 2021) will come into operation on 15 December 2021. A total of 20 services are now included in the list, those being: fixed network origination; fixed network termination; mobile network origination; mobile network termination; interconnect link; wholesale local leased circuit; infrastructure sharing; domestic connectivity to international services; network co-location; digital terrestrial broadcasting multiplexing; Layer 2 High Speed Broadband (HSBB) network; trunk transmission; duct and manhole access; Layer 3 HSBB network; end-to-end transmission; MVNO access; domestic inter-operator roaming service; 5G Standalone (SA) access; 4G Evolved Packet Core with 5G RAN access; and IP transit service.

Among the notable removals from the previous Access List Determination (ALD), which was made in 2015, are: full access; line sharing; bitstream with network; bitstream without network; sub-loop; digital subscriber line resale; and wholesale line rental.

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