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YTL’s “700Mhz license” belongs to the Malaysia Government

In a latest development, the Malaysian Government has said “NO” to the 700MHz that YTL Comms claims to have.

As a recap, back in October-November 2010, the media reported that YTL has been allocated 80MHz in the 700MHz band by SKMM which was later confirmed by YTL Communications executive director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong. However the telecommunication industry wasn’t happy about it and requested that the Prime Minister of Malaysia to settle this issue.  The Prime Minister had directed the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to complete its review before the end of January, and to submit recommendations on how the government should proceed with the award.

As a result, the Government has decided not to assign the 700 MHz spectrum to any company but said it could be opened for bidding in the future.

In October 2010, YTL Comms signed an agreement with Sezmi Corporation to deploy hybrid TV service in Malaysia by the end of 2011 and throughout Asia Pacific. The company plans to use the 700Mhz to offer the hybrid TV service.

YTL says that it will become the first in the world to launch an all wireless hybrid TV service by the end of 2011, however with the latest development, it is not clear what is the future of the YTL-Sezmi hybrid TV service.

Must Read– “Putrajaya keeps 700 MHz spectrum, open for bids later

 

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