MCMC starts public inquiry on spectrum allocation for mobile broadband – Business News

KUALA LUMPUR:  The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has started a public inquiry on spectrum allocation for the mobile broadband service in the country.

The regulator said on Tuesday this was the first public inquiry on the spectrum allocation for the 700 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum bands. It started on July 1 and will end on Aug 30.

“This is the first time that MCMC is undertaking a public inquiry on spectrum allocation matters. This approach is to ensure transparency in the spectrum allocation method. 

“The public inquiry is expected to yield feedback from industry experts, public and interested parties on MCMC’s proposals pertaining to, among others, the spectrum allocation timeframe, implementation plan, technical matters and spectrum fees,” it said.

The document outlines some of MCMC’s preliminary positions relating to the proposed optimum bandwidth for each spectrum band, the award mechanism (tender or direct conversion), timeline for the allocation process and broad principles to determine spectrum fees.

MCMC said these preliminary positions are based on its recent study to ensure optimised use of spectrum through effective spectrum allocation strategies.

It pointed out that optimising the use of spectrum was crucial to ensure improved quality of service, wider coverage and better mobile broadband speeds. This was also in line with the aim of achieving the average speeds of 30 Mbps in 98% of populated areas by 2023 under the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP).

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