Mobile communications have become closely integrated in everyone’s daily life. With the evolution of mobile technology towards the fifth generation or 5G, it is targeted to support emerging new use cases such as applications requiring very high data rate, supports high number of connected devices and ultra-low latency with high reliability.
This next generation of mobile communications, also termed as International Mobile Telecommunications 2020 (“IMT-2020”) by the International Telecommunication Union, is expected to provide:
- greater capacity for wireless networks;
- greater reliability;
- extremely fast data speeds; and
- enabling innovative new services across different industry sectors.
At international level, more spectrum will be identified for use by 5G by end of 2019 while the specifications of 5G radio interfaces is targeted to be completed by 2020. Many countries around the world have conducted trials to understand the characteristics of 5G technology, including the use of spectrum in higher bands, coexistence with existing services, as well as use cases of 5G.
In Malaysia, YB Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia has made an announcement in October 2018 on 5G test bed in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya from November 2018 until 31 October 2019. The aim is to explore the practical uses and modes of implementation of 5G as well as to learn and iron out policies, regulations and spectrum planning of 5G.
In line with YB Minister’s announcement, MCMC has established 5G Test Bed Working Group to coordinate 5G trials in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya from November 2018 until 31 October 2019.