The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Communications (MCMC) yesterday has released a rather interesting statement which briefly explained the government’s plan on improving the nation’s digital infrastructure. While it is not exclusively about high-speed broadband but naturally, it covers a major part of the statement.
MCMC begins the statement by mentioning how the government has delayed the implementation of three wholesale services including of Full Access Service, Line Sharing Service, and Subloop Service for 7 years in the light of its partnership with TM to roll out the high-speed broadband network in 2008. By doing this, TM was able to provide the three services mentioned above without regulatory intervention from MCMC.
— MCMC (Official) (@SKMM_MCMC) November 22, 2018
The regulatory body then detailed the journey of Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP) policy from 2003 until the latest implementation in June 2018. MCMC pointed out that MSAP is meant to set a competitive market that would be beneficial to consumers and access regulation is something that the organization has been pursuing all the time.
With that, MCMC stated that the government is already looking to invest and further enhance the country’s digital infrastructure. Aside from pushing for better competition, MCMC said that it continues to discuss the right-of-way issue with local councils and state governments which would help lowering the cost of infrastructure deployment that likely to help widen the coverage of high-speed broadband.
All in all, MCMC made it clear that this is an on-going effort and would involve a lot of parties in order to make it happened. Well, let’s see what will happens next then.