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Malaysia now #1 in 5G consistency: Fahmi


(BARCELONA): Malaysia has surged to the top spot globally for its 5G Consistency Score, boasting an impressive 97.29 per cent, according to Ookla, a renowned authority in network intelligence and connectivity insights.


Announcing this remarkable feat at the launch of the Malaysian Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2024 (MWC2024), Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil hailed it as a momentous achievement that solidifies Malaysia’s position as a frontrunner in the global digital arena.


“This remarkable milestone not only underscores Malaysia’s unwavering commitment to technological advancement but also reflects the collective efforts of our telecommunications industry, regulatory bodies, and government agencies in building a resilient and dependable 5G infrastructure,” he remarked.


In his keynote address at the Malaysian Pavilion, attended by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din, Fahmi highlighted the Consistency Score, a specific methodology by Ookla, which measures speeds ensuring both download and upload criteria are met at 25Mbps and 3Mbps respectively.


For Fahmi, clinching the top rank in 5G Consistency Score transcends mere boasting rights; it represents a pivotal moment in unlocking the full potential of this transformative technology to drive economic growth, enhance social welfare, and foster inclusivity.


“With a robust 5G infrastructure in place, we are poised to catalyse innovation across various sectors, from healthcare and education to manufacturing and agriculture, thereby unlocking new opportunities and empowering businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals alike,” he affirmed.


Fahmi underscored the indispensability of a reliable 5G network in today’s hyper-connected world, serving as the backbone for transformative technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR), which are poised to redefine the way we live, work, and interact.


He highlighted recent milestones, including a Malaysian communications service provider’s showcase of the first 5G-Advanced technology trial in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. He expressed optimism for more industry players to pioneer innovative technologies that propel Malaysian enterprises to higher echelons through next-generation commercial and industrial solutions.


Regarding the Malaysian Pavilion-themed “Accelerating a Connected Tomorrow,” Fahmi explained that it encapsulates the Malaysian government’s vision for the future of communication technology.


“‘Accelerating’ signifies our commitment to driving progress and innovation at an unprecedented pace, ensuring that Malaysia remains at the forefront of technological advancement. ‘Connected Tomorrow’ represents our vision of a future where connectivity is seamless, ubiquitous, and inclusive, and technology serves as a catalyst for social and economic development,” he elaborated.


While celebrating achievements in internet coverage and broadband speeds, Fahmi acknowledged that there is still work to ensure every Malaysian has access to reliable, high-speed internet connectivity.


He hoped that Malaysian exhibitors at the MWC2024 could leverage the opportunity to foster collaboration with global partners, promote Malaysia as a hub of innovation and opportunity, and showcase the country’s steadfast commitment to enhancing connectivity.

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