FEW areas of licensing in Malaysia, if any, have been more controversial in recent years than spectrum allocation. After all, the spectrum is a national asset whose use touches so many aspects of everyday life. As such, allocating frequency bands involves the interests of many parties and the stakes are high.
Access to the spectrum gives businesses a decent shot at making serious money. On the other hand, everybody expects these businesses to offer reliable and affordable services.
Each time the outcome of a tender exercise for spectrum allocation is announced, there’s bound to be an intense debate. There’s so much fodder for discussion and speculation – for example, the reasons for choosing the winners and spurning the losers, the merits (or lack of such) of the winners, the rollout plans, and what’s next for the losers.
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