Digital Ministry To Collaborate With MCMC On New 5G Private Network Policy

The Digital Ministry of Malaysia will collaborate with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to develop a new policy promoting the adoption of 5G private networks across various industries.

Digital Minister Gobind Singh Deo announced this initiative, emphasising the potential for 5G technology to drive digital transformation in key sectors such as health, manufacturing, agriculture, and aquaculture.

He said the policy is to look into 5G spectrum use and move towards digital transformation for all key sectors including health, manufacturing, agriculture and aquaculture in this country.

“How are we going to empower and encourage the adoption of 5G networks when it comes to industrial test cases? When you have industries that require this technology and the technology is available, then I think there is a role for the government to play to make sure there is access to this technology.

“This 5G private network enterprise is bespoke and can be catered to meet the requirements of a particular industry. Every industry will have its own business modules and this why private networks can approach the necessary parties and propose to them what is required.

“It will be a design network that specifically tailors to their requirements,” he told reporters after a visit to Clarion Malaysia’s private 5G-enabled smart manufacturing plant here today.

Clarion Malaysia, a global leader in in-vehicle infotainment equipment, demonstrated the successful trial of Malaysia’s first 5G-enabled advanced manufacturing line. This project, powered by YTL Communications’ Yes 5G Private Network and Cnergenz’s smart manufacturing solutions, showcases the potential of private 5G networks tailored to meet specific industrial requirements.

Gobind underscored the bespoke nature of 5G private networks, which can be customised to meet the unique needs of different industries.

He also called for the preparation of all light industrial areas and major industrial parks in the country to adopt 5G private networks. Currently, Malaysia’s 5G network covers 80.5% of populated areas, with Penang reaching 90%.

Reflecting on Clarion Malaysia’s innovative use of 5G and IR4.0 technologies, Minister Gobind described the collaboration with automation technology providers Cnergenz and Dassault Systèmes as a crucial step towards advancing Malaysia’s IR4.0 ambitions. “5G is not just for consumers; it will significantly boost productivity and competitiveness in Malaysia,” he noted.

Clarion Malaysia’s smart facility utilises Yes’ high-capacity, ultra-low latency Private 5G connectivity for mission-critical operations and security. Cnergenz’s smart manufacturing solutions, including cloud-based inventory systems and AI-powered Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), enhance the production line’s efficiency and innovation.

The new policy aims to further integrate 5G technology into Malaysia’s industrial landscape, driving substantial economic growth and positioning the country as a leader in digital transformation.

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