At a recent Infocomm Media Business Exchange 2013, the largest information communications and media platform in Asia, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced their commitment to align with the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz band plan. The announcement was made together with the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), the Directorate General Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika of Indonesia (DG SDPPI), and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).
On top of being able to cope with the exponential growth of mobile subscribers and the upsurge of bandwidth-hungry apps, the larger megahertz will also allow for a wider coverage with improved indoor service. Additionally, signing up with APT 700 MHz band would benefit neighboring countries as well, giving greater interoperability and facilitate international roaming between networks.
“A regionally harmonized 700 MHz band will be advantageous in many aspects, promoting greater cohesion technologically and socially, spurring growth and development in the industry and greater business community. We look forward to a united Asean “telecommunity” according the same commitment towards achieving this goal.” – Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, Chairman of MCMC.
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(Source: Digital News Asia)