5G is the next step in internet networking and communications, but it will take some time to fully implement in Malaysia. Despite this, Celcom Axiata Berhad and Ericsson have enabled the first 5G hologram call in Malaysia at the ‘5G Malaysia’ event. The event was organised by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in Putrajaya and the call was made by the Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. ‘5G Malaysia’ also showcased demonstrations and use cases of 5G technology. Said demonstrations combine gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency capabilities of 5G to epitomise key benefits, such as the remote operation of machines, enabled through virtual reality (VR). The vehicle in which the prime minister arrived in was also a 5G powered autonomous car. “As we begin our 5G journey, we are confident that large scale deployment of 5G networks in the coming years will open unlimited avenues for new use cases that will not only benefit industries but the rakyat from all walks of life”, said CEO of Celcom Axiata Berhad, Mohamad Idham Nawawi. “In Malaysia, we are working with a multitude of partners across industries and other important Malaysian stakeholders to create an ecosystem that is conducive to developing new use cases and rolling out 5G in the country”, said Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Todd Ashton. “5G will bring immense benefits for consumers and industries, and early adopters will have significant advantages”. Celcom has signed an agreement to join Ericsson and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) on driving the development of 5G and IoT in Malaysia through the Innovation Center for 5G (IC5G).