Malaysia’s communications minister Fahmi Fadzil has confirmed that the 5G network being rolled out by wholesale operator Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) has surpassed an 80% coverage target, with 80.2% of populated areas now reached by the infrastructure. On the back of this development, a number of local press outlets cite the minister as saying that, moving forward, the Special 5G Task Force will convene on 12 January to decide on the roadmap related to the transition to a dual wholesale 5G network model in the country. ‘The government will not take long to consider and make an announcement of a shift from single to dual 5G network coverage. After that the dual 5G can be implemented if the terms agreed by the Task Force are achieved,’ Fahmi was cited as saying.

In related news, Fahmi is also reported to have confirmed that the Cabinet of Malaysia, the executive branch of the government, has agreed to place several bodies under the purview of the new Ministry of Digital that was created last month, including DNB.

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