MCMC launches review of Mandatory Standard on Access

14 Jun 2022

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is launching a public inquiry on a review of ‘Mandatory Standard on Access’ (‘MSA’). In a press release regarding the matter the regulator said that the inquiry was being carried out pursuant to sections 55, 56, 104(2) and 106 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

A public inquiry paper released by the MCMC has set out its preliminary views on amendments to non-pricing terms and conditions for those communications facilities and services that are included in the current Access List Determination (ALD), dated 2 December 2021. The watchdog has invited members of the public to participate in this inquiry by sending written submissions on the specific questions, preliminary views and the rationale and analysis presented in its paper. A deadline of 8 August 2022 has been set for submissions.

Among the notable proposals made by the MCMC are plans to include two new defined terms in the MSA, those being: ‘customer demand list’, defined as being ‘a list submitted by an access seeker requiring certain actions to be taken by the access provider to facilitate the placement of an order’; and ‘high priority areas’, which would be defined as meaning ‘certain locations, facilities or areas in respect of which a new fast-track process for access to Common Antenna Systems will apply to facilitate the placement of an Order by the access seeker’.

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