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Malaysia recalls WiMAX licence tender.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-18 July 2006-Malaysia recalls WiMAX licence tender(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

A tender for the first wireless broadband licence in Malaysia has been recalled, delaying the country's aim to provide mobile high-speed Internet access by the end of this year.

The tender to win a WiMAX licence for the 2.3GHz spectrum was due to close on 18 July 2006 and at least three companies, including DiGicom, NasionCom Holdings and Redtone International, were involved. DiGicom, which has been refused a 3G mobile phone licence, was reportedly prepared to spend up to MYR500m if it won the licence.

The country's Communications Minister, Lim Keng Yaik, said the tender was recalled because the specifications did not comply with ministry policies. He stated that the conditions for the tender did not account for the building of infrastructure and content and expressed disappointment with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), an industry regulator.

The minister did not confirm when the tender for WiMAX, which offers a higher capacity than WiFi and operates over much greater distances, will be reissued.

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