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Malaysian Ministry Proposes “Opt-Out” Approach to Ease 5G Transition for Consumers

The Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Digital proposes a shift from an “opt-in” to an “opt-out” approach for consumers transitioning to 5G, citing cost considerations. Minister Fahmi Fadzil revealed that only slightly over 7 million out of 45 million accounts in Malaysia possess 5G-ready devices. With the country’s 5G network covering 70.2% of populated areas and 5G subscriptions totaling 2.49 million as of last month, representing a 7.4% penetration rate, Fahmi acknowledged that not everyone can immediately access 5G even with an opt-in system.

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He emphasized the importance of programs like “5G Rahmah,” particularly for the B40 demographic, to facilitate the acquisition of 5G devices, making the technology accessible to a broader population. In August, Fahmi had noted concerns about additional costs associated with 5G adoption, with some telcos charging between RM3 and RM20 more for 5G access. His ministry has since engaged with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and mobile network operators (MNOs) to address these charges, with updates expected in the coming weeks.