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Spectrum: Digi has been allocated 2x5MHz of 900MHz & 2x20MHz of 1800MHz

Digi has just announced that it has been allocated 2x5MHz of 900MHz and 2x20MHz of 1800MHz for 15 years, with full implementation starting 1 July 2017.

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Full statement from Digi below:

With reference to MCMC’s announcement on the reallocation of spectrum on 1 February 2016, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) confirms that it has been allocated 2x5MHz of 900MHz and 2x20MHz of 1800MHz for 15 years, with full implementation starting 1 July 2017.

The certainty on allocation and tenure of these two bands will allow for better investment planning and optimal network design. With the improved spectrum portfolio for the 900MHz band, Digi looks forward to continue bringing quality high-speed internet to its 11.7 million customers and more nationwide.

The company notes the importance of taking a holistic view on spectrum, and welcomes the timely review of 700MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz bands by the end of 2016 as having a fair and balanced portfolio is crucial to delivering affordable and quality internet services to meet growing demands.

Yesterday, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced that spectrum in the 900Mhz & 1800Mhz bands will be reallocated among 4 Telcos (Maxis, Celcom, Digi & U Mobile) by August 2016 for full implementation by 1 July 2017.

These two bands of spectrum will be assigned for a fee to Maxis, Celcom, Digi and U Mobile for a period of 15 years.

Currently, the spectrum on 900MHz and 1800MHz are being held by the 3 big Telcos; Maxis, Celcom and Digi. It was originally assigned for 2G network. However, for the past few years, it isn’t exclusively used for 2G networks anymore.

At the moment, part of Celcom 3G and Maxis 3G network are currently running on 900Mhz. Maxis, Celcom and Digi have also used 1800Mhz to build its new 4G LTE network around the country.

The 900Mhz spectrum is now being occupied by Maxis, Celcom and DiGi with 32MHz, 34MHz and 4MHz respectively. In the 1800Mhz band, all the 3 Telcos (Maxis, Celcom, Digi) each has a 50Mhz spectrum.

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