Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei (left) and Dr Yaacob at the MOU signing at the Asean meet. — PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
By Kash Cheong

Asean countries are a step closer to turning off analogue television by 2020 to free up the bandwidth for 4G mobile services.

Telecommunications ministers of the 10 member states agreed to intensify cooperation for the plan at the two-day Asean Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministers Meeting 2013, which ended yesterday.

Four countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei – are committed to having the bandwidth freed by 2020, while the others will be on board by then.

Local telcos said it would mean greater convenience for Asean to have the same 700MHz bandwidth across the board. This would allow 4G users to roam not just in Asean countries but also the US and Europe, said a spokesman for SingTel.




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