By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Aug 14: Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs) chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani emphasised that today’s launch of the 5G Test Bed should not be confused with 5G connectivity services.
“We are not ready for roll out today as we are now still in the process of getting ready the infrastructures before we can roll out 5G for public use,” said Morshidi during the launching of Sarawak’s first Centexs-SDEC 5G Test Bed and Huawei Advanced Training Programme at Centexs this morning.
He further explained that the first 5G Test Bed will be leveraging on the 5G pilot network specially allocated by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) through Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) using Maxis 5G wireless radio network and Sacofa 5G backhaul infrastructure.
The 5G Test Bed is a government initiative through Centexs, SMA and Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) to promote and coordinate the test and research into the deployment of 5G in use cases.
This could help the industries understand the challenges and needs involved in deploying actual 5G technologies and applications, on top of discovering solutions to the new technology in the state of Sarawak.
On a related issue, Morshidi also said that the 5G Test Beds are being utilised by Centexs for the development of training programmes for students in order to develop technology savvy talents on 5G technology.
“Whereas SDEC will bring in together partners that include global technology leaders, developers, government and private sectors, academia to assist the industry to understand the opportunities and challenges in deploying new 5G technology and develop solutions.
“These solutions can be rolled out to industries for commercialisation and through the public at large to benefit from the user experience,” he said. —DayakDaily