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Media statement on Ericsson’s contract to deploy 5G for Malaysia

Ericsson would like to respond to recent comments regarding the award to Ericsson of Malaysia’s nation-wide 5G contract by Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB). 

Press release
Mar 03, 2022

As outlined in the 8 July press release issued by DNB, the DNB 5G Contract was awarded following the strictest standards of governance as advised and facilitated by EY Consulting. Ericsson ranked first in all three key components of the tender evaluation criteria which were the following:  

  1. Technical: covering overall 5G technology capabilities; 5G deployment capabilities; integration approach; cyber and network security; and operations and maintenance. 
  2. Commercial: covering financing proposal and total cost of ownership. 
  3. Socioeconomic: covering local development and positive socio-economic impact. 

Based on these criteria alone, Ericsson’s offer was judged to be the most competitive.  

Ericsson is committed to conducting business with integrity and strongly refutes any and all allegations that the contract with DNB was won for any reasons other than merit, based on the above-mentioned criteria.

Ericsson is a global leader in 5G, currently powering 114 live 5G networks, more than half of the world’s such networks.

It is a testimony to the strong capability and partnership of the Ericsson and DNB teams on ground that 5G has been launched in Malaysia in less than 6 months of the contract being awarded. 5G is already now available in parts of Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur.  

Ericsson will deliver a world class 5G experience in partnership with DNB, bringing fast and reliable connectivity to people and businesses, which will accelerate the country’s digital transformation and enable Malaysia to embrace Industry 4.0. 

Over the past several years, Ericsson has made significant investments across all markets and geographies to strengthen our Ethics & Compliance program, including by expanding its Compliance team and by implementing enhanced Compliance systems for preventing, detecting, reporting and remediating non-compliance.