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Smart Cities is an important initiative that incorporates various leading industry sectors (e.g. ICT, GreenTech, Smart Grid, Transportation, Infrastructure) and touches on key policy issues (e.g. 5G, cybersecurity, renewable energy) currently being discussed in the private and public sectors. The 3 main pillars of Smart Cities are:

  1. Smart & Sustainable  Solutions
  • Clean environment
  • Environmental protection
  • Green development
  • Green infrastructure
  • Green economy
  1. Smart Planing
  • Economic growth and value creation
  • Innovative economic growth
  • Equitable wealth distribution
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public participation
  • Efficient public and social services
  • Private public partnership
  • Transparent governance
  1. Smart Infrastucture & Technologies
  • Efficient road accessibility
  • Efficient public transportation
  • Non motorized accessibility
  • Availability of ICT infrastructure
  • Economic growth and value creation
  • Innovative economic growth
  • Equitable wealth distribution
  • Entrepreneurship
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U.S.-ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN)

Based on the ASCN goals of facilitating cooperation on smart city development, catalyzing bankable projects with the private sector, and securing funding and support from ASEAN's external partners, the United States established the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (“the Partnership”) to develop and explore activities and programs that will benefit the ASCN.  The Partnership will contribute to the implementation of the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Plan of Action (2016-2020) and support the ASEAN ICT Master Plan of Action (2016-2020).

The U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership is intended to be a flexible, responsive, and multiyear commitment to ASEAN.  The Partnership will be able to help address smart city challenges across a range of sectors, especially in the areas of infrastructure, energy, and information and communications technology.  The Partnership will take into account the ASEAN Smart Cities Framework and also draw upon individual Smart City Action Plans (SCAPs) to inform specific programming and activities.

There are 26 pilot cities in the ASCN and 4 of the 26 cites are in Malaysia:
  1. Kuala Lumpur
  2. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  3. Kuching, Sarawak
  4. Johor Baharu, Johor

Other Smart Cities in Malaysia are:
  1. Selangor - Smart Selangor Blueprint
  2. Cyberjaya & Putrajaya – Malaysia’s first cities to be presented with 5G technology
  3. Melaka - Smart metering for electricity monitoring and the state government set up a Smart City Advisory Council for Smart City policies in that state.
  4. Penang - Smart City Blueprint for Penang by year 2022.

5G in Malaysia
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission established a national 5G Task Force in November 2018 to study and recommend a holistic strategy for 5G deployment in Malaysia. A collaborative effort with relevant stakeholders, the Task Force comprise members from the private sector, Ministries and  agencies representing the demand and supply side of the ecosystem. The Task Force is expected to complete its study and produce a final report for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Minister of Communications and Multimedia by September 2019. It is divided into 4 working groups with the following focus areas: business case, infrastructure, spectrum management & allocation and regulatory.

However, the business potential of 5G technology is extensive. Its ability to support more devices and at more rampant use will be the backbone of tomorrow’s smart cities. Malaysia government recognizes mobile technology as a global trend and aims to provide accessibility to a secure 5G infrastructure. The lack of awareness amongst businesses concerning 5G technology could potentially set smart cities back. So, it is important for businesses to learn about the use and potential of 5G as well as precautionary measures.
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