Malaysian government to issue WiMAX licenses in 2007

15 Nov 2006

Malaysia will issue two licenses to telecommunication operators next year to provide fourth generation wireless high speed Internet services, a senior minister, quoted by an AFP report said.

The AFP report quoted Lim Keng Yaik, Malaysia's energy, water and communications minister said the government hoped the winning bidders will roll out the WiMAX network nationwide in 2007.

The government in July cancelled the original tender for the WiMAX 2.3 gigahertz spectrum, saying that the specifications were not in line with the ministry's policy, the AFP report said.

Lim has said the government hopes to issue up to four licenses, the report said.

The original tender had attracted bids from 17 companies, including Malaysia's top communications firm Maxis Communications and DiGi Telecommunications.

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