Malaysians may soon have access to more affordable 5G internet services if Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching’s plans are realized. Currently, consumers in Malaysia pay RM1.68 per GB for 5G service access, which is higher than the industry rate of RM0.13 per GB offered by DNB (Digital Nasional Berhad). DAP’s Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng raised questions regarding the cost and quality of 5G services for users and what efforts were being made to reduce prices further so that it becomes the lowest in Asean countries. In response to these queries, Teo stated that the overall 5G coverage nationally stands at 54.7 percent with Penang slightly faster at 56.6 percent while their goal is to achieve 80 percent population coverage across all states of Malaysia. Teo Nie Ching also noted that increased coverage would lead to lower costs for accessing internet services on mobile devices or notebooks as well as a dependable network connection. However, there is no concrete timeline yet for when this plan will be put into effect or if it will indeed result in decreased prices for Malaysian consumers. In order to make 5G internet services more accessible and affordable, many telecommunications companies have implemented initiatives such as introducing new offers or expanding network access capabilities with zero commitment or bundled packages along with family plans which provide great savings opportunities.
Additionally, telecom companies are expected to continue making improvements to their networks such as upgrading existing towers and adding new ones which should help create better coverage areas allowing easier access and more flexible usage options for users. The move towards lowered prices is likely going to be welcomed by many Malaysians especially those living in rural areas who often face difficulty accessing high-speed internet connections due to a lack of infrastructure support from service providers. This could result in improved connectivity, fewer glitches during online activities like streaming content or playing online games, and better overall experience for users who need uninterrupted access all day long without having to worry about being restricted by costly data charges every month. It remains unclear whether this proposed plan will go through but it appears that the government is committed towards improving availability and affordability of 5G internet services throughout Malaysia using various strategies such as expanding existing networks and introducing new technologies like zero commitment or bundled packages which offer attractive discounts depending on the amount of data used each month. With any luck we may see significantly reduced rates in the near future!