Service Providers Required To Provide 7.7Mbps Download Speed In 2024

Service Providers Required To Provide 7.7Mbps Download Speed In 2024

The Dewan Rakyat was told that service providers will be required to ensure an average of at least 7.7Mbps in terms of download speeds when the new Mandatory Standards for Quality of Service (MSQoS) for wireless broadband come into effect on 1 April 2024.

According to reports by Bernama, Deputy Communications Minister Teo Nie Ching mentioned that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has also set an average minimum download speed of 10.0Mbps beginning in 2025, under the revised MSQoS.

“The MSQoS for our wireless broadband service has been updated as part of efforts to improve internet service quality in the country. For example, previously we required not fewer than 90 service test samples to achieve a download speed of 2.5Mbps or higher and when the new standards come into force, the average download speed should not be less than 7.7Mbps,” she said.

Teo said this in reply to supplementary questions regarding the ministry’s strategy to resolve internet service quality issues in the country, especially in states such as Kelantan. Teo also mentioned that as of the fourth quarter of 2023, telecommunication and internet coverage had reached 89.57% of populated areas.

It was also revealed that six of 13 new towers have been built and have commenced operations. Five of these towers are still in the construction stage and two are in the stage of installing transmitters.

“Apart from that, all the existing 65 transmitting stations have been upgraded and 1,649 of 3,225 premises have been equipped with access to fibre optic broadband service with gigabit capabilities. The rest of the planned initiatives are expected to be completed in stages by the end of 2025,” Teo said.

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