Malaysia’s first 5G testbed goes online in Sarawak

KUCHING (Aug 14): The nation’s first 5G Test Bed situated at the Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs) here serves as a testament of Sarawak’s progressive approach in digital economy transformation, said Centexs chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani.
Abang Johari (second right) is seen visiting a Maxis booth, testing the Virtual Reality (VR) headset, while Morshidi (left), Maxis Sarawak region head Ben Ting (second left) and others look on. Photo by Roystein Emmor
The testbed was the government’s initiative through Centexs, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) and Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) to promote and coordinate the test and research into the development of 5G, he explained. “The testbed is also designed to help everyone, especially in the industry (to) understand the challenges and needs involved in deploying new 5G techology and applications,” he said when speaking at the launch of the 5G testbed today. In order to drive early adoption and innovation of 5G technology, the 5G testbed acts as a nucleus and trigger to stimulate the people to explore and deploy new use cases and innovation of 5G technology, he said. He added that Centexs’ role was to utilise the testbed for the development of training programmes for students as well as develop digital talent in various use cases of the 5G technology. “(Meanwhile), SDEC will bring together partners that include global technology leaders, developers, government and private sectors and academia to assist in the industries to understand the opportunities and challenges in deploying the new 5G technologies and develop solutions. “These solutions later on can then be rolled out to industries for commercialisation and to the public at large,” he added. (Taken from https://www.theborneopost.com/)
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