DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd which is suppose to get a 3G license almost one year ago is now denied the WiMAX license too. DiGi which has been “very successful” in offering Mobile Telecommunication services in the Malaysian market, lost to four small companies.
DiGi is proven to be better on every aspect point of view if they are to be compared to the current WiMAX winners. DiGi is also proven innovative in offering the best mobile services through the country.
As at 14 February 2007, DiGi posted a strong result which recorded an after-tax profit of RM806 million which is up 71% from the previous year. It is also said around the end of last year that DiGi has RM1.13 billion in cash.
DiGi, the smallest, strongest, one of the most profitable and the only foreign mobile operator ,majority owned Telenor. DiGi could be denied, both 3G and WiMAX license just because it is a majority foreign controlled mobile operator.
DiGi is quoted below as in Bernama after they were denied a WiMAX license yesterday:
“We will continue to pursue our strategy to give our customers a continually richer communications experience” DiGi’s chief executive officer Morten Lundal said in a statement.
Lundal said DiGi respected the government’s decision but regretted the loss of opportunity to use of the company’s resources and skills which could benefit all consumers, enabling Malaysia to be a reference country for successful mobile broadband development.
“We remain committed as always in our support of the government’s telecommunication objectives,” he said.
“We stand ready with practical and realistic solutions to quickly enable high-speed connectivity for both urban and rural areas in Malaysia,” he added
DiGi also says that this decision does not impact the company’s core business.
You may also want to read this article titled “Why Digi should be granted a WiMAX license” by Stock Tube.
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DiGi could also follow Maxis to run on the 2.5Ghz spectrum.