In late January 2020, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) hosted the first 5G Malaysia International Conference featuring world renowned speakers and industry leaders at Langkawi. The conference delved deep into 5G potential as a catalyst for sustainable development goals, digital inclusivity, the global roadmap for technology, and beyond.

In addition, it was also stated that through the adoption of 5G, Malaysia is set to add US$ 3.12 billion to its GDP by 2025; along with the creation 39,000 jobs. The MCMC also demonstrated 72 use cases involving 9 industry verticals at 56 live sites with a total investment of US$ 35.16 million from industry players, potentially turning the island of Langkawi into potentially the region’s first “smart island”.

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, YB Gobind Singh Deo said 5G will allow Malaysia to produce and manufacture more high-quality goods and services while further benefiting the people with better products and services. “Recognising its potential, the government of Malaysia through the MCMC is leading the way by proactively taking the necessary steps to develop this new and emerging ecosystem,” the Minister added.

One of the expected impacts of Malaysia’s 5G technology use cases discussed includes 5G-enabled precision farming. Malaysia’s Smart Agriculture Use Case features an AI-driven automation platform that allows predictive growth modelling. Remote global monitoring and control, thus, making farming possible anywhere.

Another case involves the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030). The Malaysian government is seeking to increase high technology adoption in this sector to 50 percent by 2030. 5G would be used to power systems that can equip Malaysians for IR 4.0.

With the high rate of urbanisation of Malaysian cities, the government also intends to integrate 5G technology in order to develop Malaysia’s cities into full-fledged smart cities. One planned case includes an Integrated Command Centre equipped with advanced security features for real-time surveillance and monitoring; backed up by analytics, artificial intelligence, and internet-of-things.

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