Malaysia to re-jig spectrum for digital TV, LTE services
Rebecca Hawkes
| 23 September 2014
Malaysia's spectrum reoganisation will be complete in three to five years to allow for a better quality communications service, according to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Consultations about reassigning the lower band of the radio spectrum are now underway, MCMC chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi has told local reporters. However, as things stand, the favoured 700 MHz frequency will remain occupied by television transmissions after 2018.

"The spectrum, which is currently being occupied by television transmissions needs to be cleared and after shifting the television (transmission) to the lower parts of the spectrum, we can repurpose it for broadband usage," Tarmizi told journalists in Kuala Lumpar.

Value-added services such as mobile television are under consideration, along with long term evolution (LTE) mobile technology, he added.

The television frequency band is currently 470 MHz to 742 MHz. The nation's digital terrestrial TV (DTT) service is expected to use the 470 MHz to 698 MHz band, which would lessen the amount of frequency used