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Malaysia delays 5G by 12 months as spectrum allocations nullified

Government had been hoping for rollout by September

Malaysia's government created a public uproar by quietly allocating 5G spectrum to five telcos, including a small player with little experience in the sector but ties to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (Nikkei Montage/AP)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia will have to wait another year before it can roll out 5G services after spectrum allocations to five telcos, one politically well-connected but lacking experience, were nullified due to the backroom nature in which they were sealed, sources told Nikkei.

Malaysia had been hoping to roll out 5G commercial products by September and allocated spectrum to Axiata's Celcom, Digi.Com, Maxis, Telekom Malaysia and unlisted Altel Communications.

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