MRANTI in June 12, 2023 launched 5G Experience Centre. Here are the 11 things you need to know about the Centre:
Fast-Tracking Innovations: The Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology & Innovation (MRANTI) has launched its 5G Experience Centre. This government-led initiative is designed to fast-track the development of new innovations in the tech sector, such as drones and biotech, utilizing 5G technologies.
Testing and Development Platform: The MRANTI 5G Experience Centre serves as a platform for prototyping, testing, and development of new technologies. It is set to complement an increasing number of 5G innovation facilities in Malaysia, providing an environment with speeds up to 1GBps for showcasing industrial applications and use cases.
Economic Impact: Industry research predicts significant economic growth due to the deployment of 5G, with a potential GDP uplift of RM122 billion and 750,000 new jobs by 2030. This suggests a substantial socio-economic impact of 5G technology in Malaysia.
Government Incentives: The Malaysian government encourages early adoption of 5G technologies to drive the growth of Industry 4.0 solutions. The state intends to support industries interested in using 5G technology by providing models to offset costs, facilitating its widespread adoption.
5G Coverage vs. Adoption: Despite reaching close to 50% 5G coverage, Malaysia currently experiences a 1% 5G adoption rate. The goal is to increase this significantly, with the GSMA Intelligence analysis predicting an 80% coverage by the end of 2023.
Enterprise Innovation and Use Cases: The success of 5G will rely heavily on enterprise innovation and compelling use cases to encourage industry adoption. The MRANTI 5G Experience Centre, by facilitating the prototyping, testing, and showcasing of such innovations, is expected to play a significant role in this process.
Key Areas of 5G Adoption: Infrastructure and facilities, ecosystem development, market access, talent development, and government support have been identified as the five key areas to fuel 5G adoption. These areas will address major concerns and enhance Malaysia’s competitiveness, attracting direct and indirect investments.
Proof-of-Concepts (PoCs): Five PoCs covering healthcare, agriculture, smart city development, drone technology, and surveillance were launched. These are designed to benefit the B40 communities (bottom 40% of the income distribution) as well as the wider industry, fostering confidence for 5G adoption.
Global Collaboration: MRANTI is collaborating with GSMA, providing Malaysian innovators with the opportunity to collaborate with over 1,000 mobile ecosystem players worldwide. This will help to further local innovation and global market reach.
Strategic Partnerships: MRANTI has also announced a partnership with Maxis Bhd to accelerate 5G innovation and commercialisation. This strategic collaboration is expected to foster a thriving ecosystem promoting new 5G-powered solutions and services in the B2B sector.
Educational and Commercial Benefits: The MRANTI 5G Experience Centre, in addition to driving technological innovation, has immense potential for educational and commercial benefits. Universities, researchers, and industry experts can utilize it as a platform for applied research. Meanwhile, infrastructure service providers, telcos, and enterprises interested in 5G applications can leverage this facility for testing and showcasing their solutions. This mix of innovation, education, and commercialisation marks a significant step in Malaysia’s journey toward a 5G-enabled future.