The report also showed that Kuala Lumpur currently enjoys the fastest 5G download speed among Asia-Pacific regions, ahead of Seoul in second and Taipei in third. — Photo by Mukhriz Hazim

By Ashman Adam

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 12:50 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 16 – Kuala Lumpur is behind Seoul only in terms of 5G download speeds among major metropolitan cities in Asia-Pacific, according to The latest report from Opensignal published today.

The network and market analyst’s report titled “5G Experience in Apac’s Largest Cities” showed that Kuala Lumpur’s 5G downlink speeds currently reach 376.6 megabits per second (Mbps), 20 .3% slower than the heavyweight Seoul, whose speeds reach 453.1 Mbit/s.

However, Opensignal attributed this to the specific situation of the 5G market in Malaysia, of which only one telecom operator already uses the Malaysian national wholesale 5G network Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB).

“The main operator that uses DNB – Yes – was only launched relatively recently. Yes began with a soft launch in December 2021 before proceeding to a full commercial launch in late May 2022.

“As a result, DNB is currently operating with far fewer users and a much lighter load than most 5G city networks in the region,” he said.

The report also showed that Kuala Lumpur’s download speed improvement rate score stands at 19.0, leaving other major cities in the region far behind, such as second-placed Manila (7.3). and Bangkok, third (6.8).

He also said that Kuala Lumpur’s download speed improvement score is 19 times that of its predecessor, the 4G network.

Opensignal also attributed the only recent 5G launch and light use of DNB.

“While 5G is still in its infancy in Malaysia, people in Kuala Lumpur have seen a huge difference in their average download speeds when they connected to 5G instead of 4G.

“In fact, the city’s 5G download speed score is 19 times higher than its 4G download speed score,” he said.

The report also showed that Kuala Lumpur currently enjoys the fastest 5G download speed among Asia-Pacific regions, ahead of Seoul in second and Taipei in third.

He said 5G download speeds in Kuala Lumpur are currently at 52.8 Mbps, while 5G download speed in Seoul is 40.6 Mbps and Taipei is 39.1 Mbps.

However, in terms of 5G reach and availability, Kuala Lumpur’s ranking in the report is quite poor, which according to Opensignal shows that Malaysia has a long way to go in terms of 5G rollout.

Malaysia’s 5G availability – which refers to the percentage of time users are connected to the 5G network – is just 10.9%, fourth from bottom among 11 Asia-Pacific countries.

The highest ranking is Seoul (43.4%), followed by Taipei (30.2%) and Bangkok (27.7%).

In terms of 5G range – which refers to how often users can find a 5G signal in the places they visit – Kuala Lumpur is second to last at 2.5 on a 10-point scale, just ahead. Jakarta, at 0.6.

“Seoul had the highest score (7.6 points on a 10-point scale), while Jakarta ranked last with 0.6 points.

“Of the cities we have analyzed here – Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland and Tokyo are at the bottom of both charts for 5G availability and 5G range, and therefore have the longest way to go in terms of deployment of 5G,” he said.

The whole controversy over the rollout of 5G in the country started when the government decided to create DNB, a special purpose vehicle to roll out a 5G network in the country under a single wholesale network model.

Telecommunications companies (telcos), however, wanted a natural migration of their own networks from 4G to 5G.

After many objections from telecom operators who had proposed a dual wholesale network to counter SWN, the government decided to offer 70% of DNB’s capital to players and keep 30%, while holding one share. privileged.

Yesterday, malaysian mail reported that Malaysia’s six mobile operators have agreed to take stakes in DNB, with an access deal the final step to ending years of delays that put Malaysia behind regional peers in offering the technology.

Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said the finalization of terms outlining issues such as network quality, dispute resolution and most importantly cost, was scheduled for the end of the month.

The deal to take a stake in DNB also requires shareholders to be 5G access seekers – they must also buy 5G capacity from DNB – and the minister warned that foreign players were “knocking on our doors” to participate .