Malaysia defers analogue TV switch-off to 1Q19

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today Malaysia’s plan to refarm the 700MHz telecommunication spectrum will be delayed as the plan to switch off analogue TV broadcasting has been deferred to the first quarter of 2019.

“We want to switch from analogue to digital by March next year. I will make the announcement at the right time because this is something that involves discussions with a few parties. I want to make sure that I speak to them and get a very clear indication of what their position is.

“So the implementation (of 700MHz refarming) will be slightly later. It is supposed to be (done) by end of this year but there have been some problems. As far as I am concerned, I am in talks with relevant parties,” Gobind said.