Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Rais, why do we need more mobile players??

Why do we(Malaysians) get “smart” Communications Minister all the time?

This is his latest statements, taken from Bernama:

The government wants to see more players in mobile communication, particularly the mobile broadband industry, Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said.

He urged the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to give priority to licence application by small and medium enterprises (SME) wanting to venture into mobile communication.

Let’s look at what we have NOW. We have three 2G operators, four 3G operators, five MVNOs(including Baraka), four WiMAX operators and a bunch of other wireless ISPs including Izzinet. Out of all these, THIS IS A SMALL MARKET! Malaysia has a cellular phone penetration of 106 percent, that’s more than 29 million of mobile numbers.
I am asking this AGAIN, why do we need more mobile operators?

Dear Minister, for your knowledge Malaysians need more applications and content ON THE PHONE. Educate them on the benefit of mobile services and how to use applications on the phone. For this to happen, the telcos need to open up their network, let CONTENT DEVELOPERS meet the MOBILE USERS, we don’t need “middle man” (mobile operators).

Unless the Government needs another mobile player so they can tax them and charge them a high fee for the licenses, I don’t see a need for another mobile player in the market.

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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