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6 Malaysian telcos set to sign 5G deal on August 31

Malaysian Communications and multimedia minister Annuar Musa said discussions on taking stakes in Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) are progressing well and are set to meet the deadline, with the six telcos signing the deals on Aug 31.

He said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would be chairing a meeting on Aug 29 to decide on a few terms.

He also had a meeting with finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz yesterday on the restructuring exercise to pave the way for all six telcos to take up the 70% stake in DNB.

“I had the discussion with the finance minister as he was responsible for DNB before it was transferred to my ministry,” he added.

Earlier, Celcom Axiata Bhd CEO Isham Nawawi said the telco had consolidated more than 1,000 sites under its 5G initiative.

It has 39 partners to support its 5G rollout, of which 24 are local companies.

On another matter, Annuar said the Cabinet yesterday agreed that the existing Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 (Act 589) be amended to provide stronger legal provisions to face cybersecurity threats.

“Hopefully, in the next Parliament sitting, we can table the amendments for both acts.”

Annuar said the amendments are crucial as the country’s telecommunication ecosystem is facing threats of online fraud and hacking by irresponsible individuals.

Huawei Celebrates Malaysian Media With Journalism Awards

(From Left-Right: Division Director Department of Information Media and Corporate Communications, Dato’ Sivabalan Ethirmanasingham; TV3 Executive Producer, Mr Zainal Za’aim Zainal Ratin; Vice President and Human Resource (HR) Director, Huawei Asia Pacific, Mr Terry Liu)

[KUALA LUMPUR, 07 JULY 2022]: Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) held its first ‘Huawei Media Awards and Appreciation Night 2022’ to celebrate and show their appreciation to the media for their continuous trust and support for the company in conjunction with Huawei’s 21 years in Malaysia.

To recognise the media for their excellent reporting and writing with regards to Huawei, four categories of awards were up for grabs, including ‘Best Huawei Photography and Videography’, ‘Best Huawei News in Print and Digital’, ‘Best Huawei News in Broadcast Media’, and the grand award, ‘Overall Best Huawei Story’. Huawei Malaysia received numerous news submissions from the media from diverse platforms and languages throughout June.

During the award ceremony, Shahrul Redzuan Zulkifli from Harian Metro was presented with the ‘Best Huawei Photography and Videography’ award through his video entry ‘Kerja lebih mudah dilaksanakan dengan HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G – Tablet 5G pertama di Malaysia’. Meanwhile, the ‘Best Huawei News in Print and Digital’ category was awarded to Liew Teck Lai from Sin Chew Daily for his article, ‘Huawei recruits talented young people from all over the world with more than 5 times the salary’.

TV3’s Zainal Za’aim Zainal Ratin bagged two awards for the ‘Best Huawei News in Broadcast Media’ category and the grand award of ‘Overall Best Huawei Story’ for his entry on the Malaysian Prime Minister’s visit to Huawei’s Customer Solution Innovation Center (CSIC) in Kuala Lumpur, which was featured on the channel’s news bulletin, ‘Nightline’.

The judges for the awards comprised of two internal and two external judges, including Datuk Yong Soo Heong, the former Chief Executive Officer of Bernama and Mr Bazuki Muhammad, an award winning photo journalist and editor.

The guest-of-honour was the Department of Information Media and Corporate Communications Division Director Dato’ Sivabalan Ethirmanasingham who presented the award for the ‘Overall Best Huawei Story’.

The Huawei Media Awards and Appreciation Night 2022 took place at DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur and was attended by media practitioners across the nation. Huawei Asia Pacific Vice President and Human Resource (HR) Director, Mr Terry Liu gave the welcoming remarks during the event.

According to Mr Liu, one of Huawei’s main missions in Malaysia is to walk along with and assist the nation in its digital transformation journey, leveraging the power of ICT to serve the Malaysian people.

“I believe fostering and strengthening our relationship with the media is key to that mission. You are our pathway to informing Malaysia about our cutting-edge technology, ICT solutions, messages, collaborations, digital talent cultivation, as well as our steps to nurture the tech ecosystem in Malaysia.”

“The news coverage by the local media will continue to help brands like us chart our direction, as well as to stay relevant and competitive, and to bring added value to our business. It also provides us with different perspectives that may have been missed otherwise”, he added thanking all journalists and media practitioners in Malaysia for their continuous support towards Huawei Malaysia for the past 21 years.

Huawei believes the Media Awards and Appreciation Night will help to foster and strengthen the company’s relationship with the media which is a key element of Huawei’s mission to support and engage communities in paving the way for Malaysia to transform into a high-income country by leveraging technology and digitalisation.

Malaysian minister wants to issue licences to new players if telcos refuse to sign up for DNB’s 5G access

With 9 days remaining until the 30th June 2022 deadline, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (Pic) said he will issue new licences to new players if the number of companies participating in the 5G rollout is not enough. The government has issued an ultimatum to the big four telcos such as Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile to take up Digital Nasional Berhad’s (DNB) 5G wholesale offer or risk being left behind. 

As reported by Bernama during the 2021 K-KOMM Excellence Service Awards (APC) ceremony held yesterday, Annuar said negotiations on a service agreement between the telcos and DNB for the implementation of the country’s 5G Network were still ongoing. He said, “I have high confidence that all telco companies do not want to be left behind in providing 5G, which is why we take the policy of inviting everyone to come on board, but we cannot force them to join.

“Any company that participates to roll out 5G, we will continue. If the number of companies is not enough, I will issue licences to new players. I’m not going to wait for anybody. I did say, please think about the importance of the national interest.”

The Minister added, “We want to roll out 5G according to plan and the government has given space for existing players to come on board. Hence, we have set a deadline that we feel is more than enough. Let them complete the negotiation.”

At the moment, only YTL Communications and Telekom Malaysia have apparently agreed to sign up and take an equity stake with DNB’s 5G wholesale access offer but YTL’s Yes 5G remains the first and only telco to provide commercial 5G services in Malaysia. DNB’s 5G network currently covers select areas of Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya and Putrajaya, and they are expanding into more states including Johor and Penang. 

The big four telcos have been reluctant to sign up with DNB highlighting concerns that the current reference access offer (RAO) does not enable affordable and quality 5G services to consumers. Some of the pressing issues include wholesale pricing that’s locked to a 10-year period and the overall cost to “rent” from DNB is higher than building their own 5G network. It was also reported that the government will consider opening equity stakes for DNB to private equity both private and foreign if the big four telcos are not interested in taking up the offer.

The suggestion to increase the number of telcos doesn’t seem to address the current 5G stalemate as the big four telcos currently command over 90% of total mobile subscriptions and collectively offer 95.5% 4G population coverage throughout the country. Malaysia already has a vibrant and competitive mobile landscape with a total of 9 companies being allocated spectrum to run mobile services. This includes Celcom, Digi, Maxis, U Mobile Asiaspace, Altel, Redtone, YTL Communications and TM. On top of that, there are dozens more mobile network virtual operators (MVNO) that tap on existing networks to offer retail mobile services. 

If there’s a new player in town, it will be tough to sway consumers from the big four telcos if they don’t provide coverage improvements. Even with YTL and TM having access to 4G spectrum and 5G via DNB, they are still considered small players in the field as their mobile coverage especially for indoors and rural areas is limited compared to Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile. Since the government has announced the single wholesale network approach, there’s no opportunity for new players to compete in network coverage and they would have to rely on DNB’s network which will take years for it to achieve a substantial 5G footprint nationwide.

Only two telcos signed service agreement with DNB so far in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (May 4): Only two telecommunication companies (telcos), namely Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, have signed a service agreement with Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) for the implementation of the country’s 5G network so far.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that following this, it is hoped that other telcos will expedite finalising the agreement with DNB to speed up the implementation of the government-owned 5G network nationwide.

“… because DNB only provides infrastructure, services must be provided by the telcos, but several telcos are still negotiating and have yet to sign the services to be provided, except TM and YTL. 

“So, for those who subscribe to TM and YTL, I was told that after this Aidilfitri they will launch the 5G in three areas (Phase 1A), namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya,” he told reporters after attending the Rumah Prihatin breaking of fast event here recently.

Meanwhile, Annuar also reminded that the closing date for telcos to sign an agreement to own an equity stake in DNB for the implementation of the 5G network in the country is June 30.

“This means if on June 30 any telco has yet to take up their equity stake, then they will be left out and we will move on because the focus now is on ensuring the actual launch takes place,” he said.

MDEC launches 2022 Founders Grindstone Programme

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has kicked off its flagship capability development and capacity-building programme, Founders Grindstone, for 2022.

In a statement, the agency said the programme empowers tech entrepreneurs to maximise their potential and focus on their fundraising journey through a series of intensive workshops with professional partners from venture capitalists, venture builders, and legal firms.

MDEC CEO Mahadhir Aziz (pic) said the programme aims to help startups improve not only their pitching and storytelling – but basic fundraising processes such as valuation and share capital structure which are crucial in any fundraising journey.

“Since 2020, we have had multiple Founders Grindstone workshops, with partners like AC Ventures, The Hive, RHL Ventures, pitchIN, Bintang Capital and Emissary Capital that cover areas such as fundraising for market access, venture debt for growth, and fundraising for growth stage companies.

“MDEC hopes to keep organising more quality deals to them and other VCs through Founders Grindstone and our other funding facilitation programmes,” said Mahadhir.

According to MDEC, this year’s programme will begin with Founders Grindstone Pockets, a short refresher workshop through collaboration with state agencies, targeted towards early stage startups that are keen to understand more on startup fundraising processes.

This will then be followed by thematic workshops, organised according to the relevant sectors and industry as a tailored approach for startups in their fundraising journey, it said.

The agency added that the highlight of the programme would be the Founders Grindstone Bootcamp, an eight-week bootcamp that places 25 selected entrepreneurs through a series of focused workshops to enhance their eligibility to investors as well as their investment readiness.

Participants will also gain access to one-on-one mentoring from the programme’s investor partners and mentors, it said.

In 2021, MDEC in collaboration with the Draper Startup House, Penang, organised the Founders Grindstone Bootcamp Demo Day.

The programme yielded three high-potential startups, namely Petotum, Cult Creative, and A-One, from a pool of 11 participants.

The three startups received scholarships to participate in Draper University’s Virtual Entrepreneurship Programme and also in contention to receive investment from Draper Startup House Ventures through their newly-announced micro fund targeting early-stage startups globally, MDEC said.

Draper Startup House is a global business platform with the mission to nurture and build one million startups worldwide in the next decade, through an ecosystem consisting of physical hubs, education investments, and business services.

CEO of Petotum, Afifah Basir, one of the top three startups from Demo Day 2021, said that the bootcamp helped her prepare for her first fundraising exercise.  

“It can be very intimidating as we tend to overthink and miss out on the basics our first time around. The mentorship session during the bootcamp gave us a better understanding of how to fundraise for Petotum,” she said.

The Founders Grindstone Bootcamp’s Demo Day 2021 also received the support from Penjana Kapital Sdn Bhd, a company set up by the government to operationalise the Dana Penjana Nasional programme.

This programme is a matching fund-of-funds programme where the government will match, on a one-to-one basis, funds raised by venture capitalist fund managers from foreign and private local investors, MDEC said.

The Founders Grindstone programme will run from February to September 2022. Click here for further details.