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Malaysia rolls 2.3GHz broadband exercise

Posted: 21 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX? Wi-Fi? 3G? HSPDA? Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission?

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced the successful applicants for the 2.3GHz broadband wireless access spectrum tender exercise.

Bizsurf with 2330MHz to 2360MHz band area, MIB Comm with 2360MHz to 2390MHz and Asiaspace Dotcom with 2300MHz to 2330MHz will operate at Peninsular Malaysia while Redtone-CNX Broadband with 2375MHz to 2400MHz will operate at Sabah and Sarawak.

According to the MCMC, the evaluation takes into consideration the multiple technology strategy that will be used in expanding broadband, i.e. fiber to the home, wireless broadband and 3G HSDPA, as well as wireless broadband spectrum on 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz that have been allocated to last-mile operators in the past few years. The commission added that 2.3GHz similar to 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz is designated more for small and medium enterprises.

The 2.3GHz band has traditionally been used for fixed service and service for point to multipoints. Making this band available to industry or service providers will allow them to provide broadband services to consumers, with much the same capability as the 2.4GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz.

The roll out of 2.3GHz band is to complement the implementation of MyICMS 886 Strategy targeting 75 percent broadband penetration in households by 2010. The MCMC hopes that the provision of lines by way of wireless technology, which is faster and more affordable, would assist in meeting the targets of the MyICMS 886 Strategy.

In addition, the roll out of WiMAX service would also support secured and reliable networks compared to the use of Wi-Fi. As consumers are demanding more reliability and availability, service providers have to use spectrums that can give bandwidth and speed.

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