Malaysia and Indonesia Forge Landmark Telecom Partnership for Digital Advancement

Jan 2024

Malaysia’s Persatuan Penyedia Infrastruktur Telekomunikasi Malaysia (PPIT) and Indonesia’s Asosasi Pengembang Infrastruktur dan Menara Telekomunikasi (ASPIMTEL) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster cross-country collaboration and knowledge exchange. This agreement marks the initial direct partnership between the two nations aimed at advancing digital capabilities in the region.

PPIT, representing 22 telecom infrastructure providers in Malaysia, and ASPIMTEL, comprising 24 companies in Indonesia involved in infrastructure and tower development, will leverage the MoU to facilitate the sharing of information. This includes discussions on technology roadmaps such as 4G densification and 5G, as well as innovative designs, processes, and rural connectivity in the telecommunications sector.

In January 2024, the Malaysian government has given the green light for a second national 5G rollout, following the achievement of 80% coverage by the first network. This new network is intended to introduce competition to the 5G market, currently monopolized by the government’s Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), which spearheaded the initial 5G deployment.

(Sources: Developing Telecoms; The Malaysian Reserve)

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