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(File pix) Celcom Axiata Bhd and Celcom Mobile Sdn Bhd, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Axiata Group Bhd (Axiata) and Celcom, respectively, received spectrum reallocation notices from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands.

KUALA LUMPUR: Celcom Axiata Bhd and Celcom Mobile Sdn Bhd, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Axiata Group Bhd (Axiata) and Celcom, respectively, received spectrum reallocation notices from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands.

In a filing to Bursa Malaysia today, Axiata said the spectrum reallocation was in line with the government’s decision to optimise the use of spectrum resources.

“The following frequency bands will be allocated to Celcom by way of 890MHz to 900MHz paired with 935MHz to 945MHz with effect from July 1, 2017 and 1745MHz to 1765MHz paired with 1840MHz to 1860MHz from January 1, 2017,” it said.

Axiata said Celcom’s spectrum allocation, compared to the current allocation, would be lowered from 2x17MHz to 2x10MHz in the 900MHz band and from 2x25MHz to 2x20MHz in 1800MHz band.

“The reallocation takes into account the development of the sector and the nation as a whole and ensures that the spectrum bands are used in the most efficient manner.

“In this context, MCMC will also address the efficient usage of other relevant spectrum bands, including the 700MHz, 2300MHz, 2600MHz bands, by the end of 2016,” it added.

MCMC earlier announced that the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands would be assigned for a fee and for a period of 15 years. -- Bernama

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