Malaysia has achieved a milestone in 5G penetration rate. The company Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) announced that it found 50 percent coverage of populated areas connected to a fifth-generation network in 2022. The company shared that it achieved the milestone feat with around 3,900 sites last year.
The figure is higher than the company’s target for 2022. It predicted a reach of 40 percent 5G penetration but saw it touch 50 percent.
DNB is a dedicated vehicle mobilized by the Malaysian government with the goal to deploy and manage a 5G network across the country. It said that with the country’s half percent already on the latest cellular commercial network, the target is to reach 80 percent by the end of 2024.
Malaysia’s 5G has currently reached 15 million people and will 30 million upon full coverage.
Out of the total, DNB said it has reached 90 percent population coverage with a 5G network in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and Selangor. Likewise, 50 percent of people in Johor, Malacca, and Negeri Sembilan are now benefiting from the mobile network’s latest standard.
Nasution Mohamed, COO of DNB, said: “Having exceeded our 2022 network coverage target, we are working closely with both our Mobile Network Operator (MNO) partners and device manufacturers to promote and encourage the rapid adoption of 5G nationwide in 2023. The MNOs have introduced numerous 5G data plans for their customers at very attractive retail prices, so as to encourage adoption of 5G services.”
5G has allowed 380 Mbps download speed compared to the 35 Mbps speed of 4G.