Mere hours after its status was finally confirmed by the government, Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) has announced that it is extending the telco commercial pilot period for another three months. First announced during its official launch back in December, the pilot phase was meant to allow telcos to have a seamless transition into DNB’s 5G network.
Instead of 31 March, the commercial pilot phase will now only end on 31 June 2022. During the period, telcos are able to utilise DNB’s 5G network without any costs.
So far, only TM and Yes (YTL Communications) have signed up to utilise the network although only Yes has deployed actual 5G services to consumers. On the other hand, TM has previously noted that it is still going through internal testing and will only announce its 5G plans after the original commercial pilot period is over but it is unknown at the moment whether the company will extend its testing until the end of June instead.
Given what has transpired today, the rest of the telcos such as Celcom, Digi, Maxis, and U Mobile should be onboard the 5G network very soon. We will keep you posted once we receive further updates regarding them.