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B. Malaysia

I. Guidelines For NGN

Industry Guidelines

In order to create a structure for fibre-optics networks in Malaysia, a Next Generation Network (NGN) Working Group was formed under the auspices of the Malaysian Technical Standards Forum Berhad (MTSFB).

Comprising industry players such as DiGi Telecommunications, Maxis Communications, Telekom Malaysia, and Time dotCom, as well as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) as the regulator, the Working Group was tasked with a number of duties including defining standards based on Malaysian needs and recommending changes to the regulatory framework in order to deploy NGN.

In the Working Group report, titled Guideline On Next Generation Network (NGN) Realisation, the advent of NGN has been brought about by various factors. These include increased competition among service providers owing to market deregulation, a boom in digital traffic, as well as an increased in demand for multimedia services and mobility.  

Malaysian Needs

More specific to Malaysia, the NGN Working Group also looked at various regulatory issues that need to be taken into consideration. With regards to licensing and access, it established that the liberalisation of license regulations supports the implementation of NGN, and that quality of service is guaranteed through pre-defined standards.

Collectively, the Malaysian telecommunications industry has developed various best practices guidelines for adoption by NGN facilities and services providers. They include but not limited to:

• Guideline on Next Generation Network (NGN) Realisation

• Technical Standards of In-Building Fibre Cabling for Fibre-to-the- Premises

Prior to the establishment of industry guidelines for NGN and Fibre-to-the-Premises, there were several guidelines pertaining to proper upkeep of databases for underground utility mapping adopted by the National Survey and Mapping Department (JUPEM) to ensure efficient referencing and network maintenance. These guidelines are, namely:

• Standard Guidelines for Underground Utility Mapping

• Standard Guidelines for Installation of Utilities

Network Uptime is critical criteria that determines the carrier-class service quality for NGN. PDC Telco has mandated that all the above guidelines, and with more to come in the future the industry evolves and continues to move forward, must be subscribed to by all stakeholders involved in the NGN sector.

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2. Underground Utility Database

As illustrated in this website, FTTP requires a significant amount of underground work, particularly with manholes and duct-ways. Furthermore, fibre-optics cables usually run below the ground, thus necessitating standards and guidelines to ensure that underground utility infrastructure is developed, maintained and upgraded in a way that avoids damage and service disruption.

Thus the AM/FM Technical Sub-Committee of the Department of Survey and Mapping, Malaysia’s (JUPEM) National Mapping and Spatial Data Committee was tasked with coming up with such standards.

JUPEM was mandated by the Cabinet to maintain a repository of underground utility data, known as the National Underground Utility Database, which will then be disseminated to parties involved in new underground utility projects, so as to ensure that new projects do not interfere with existing ones.

Under the guidelines laid out by the AM/ FM Technical Sub-Committee, this data includes surveyed parcel boundaries from the Digital Cadastral Database (DCDB), large scale digital topographies, existing and new underground utility information provided by the utility owner and from information collected by JUPEM, and associated meta-data information.

Aside from setting standards for JUPEM’s activities regarding the collection and collation of underground utility mapping data, the sub-committee also laid out the roles and responsibilities of utility owners and surveyors.

Guidelines for Utility Owners

According to the guidelines set, utility owners are required to identify the scope of work as well expectations of deliverables and finalise the specifications with the surveyor, and also assist the surveyor to obtain existing underground utility records.

Furthermore, they have to include the surveyor in pre-bid and pre- construction meetings, and also during the pre-selection of contractors. The same surveyor is also to be the one to perform the review of the plans.

In recognition of the importance of communication between both parties, the surveyor has to be notified within a reasonable timeframe if any problems with the utility depictions are discovered while work is being carried out.

Also, to help JUPEM carry out its obligations, utility owners need to provide the necessary data for inclusion into the National Underground Utility Database, not only during the scope of the project, but also during any new installations or relocations.

Last but not least, they are to ensure that all underground utility information for new projects meets the standards of quality level A – which is the highest of the four quality levels laid out in the Standard Guidelines For Underground Utility Mapping, published by JUPEM.

Guideline for Surveyors

According to the guidelines, surveyors have the responsibility to inform the utility owner if a new project will affect existing underground utilities, and to advise on utility quality levels, and the reliability of data.

They should also recommend deliverables to distinguish between the various quality levels, and discuss the costs and benefits of obtaining new quality level A data with the utility owner.

Surveyors also need to identify and recommend utility investigations related to the needs of the project. This may include the investigation and depiction of existing utilities at quality level A. They are also required to take into account project design elements, design timetables, and the type of project, while at the same time discuss the steps to acquire appropriate quality level data.

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III. Standards & Guidelines in Detail

Telecommunication Structure Guidelines

1. Garis Panduan KPKT (Jun 2002).
2. Prosedur Dan Garispanduan Negeri Pulau Pinang (2009).
3. Penambahbaikan Prosedur Dan Garispanduan Negeri Pulau Pinang (2015).
4. PDCTelco Reference Access Offer.

Date : 01-08-2017
Attachment :

Garis Panduan Pembinaan Menara Dan Struktur Sistem Pemancar Telekomunikasi Di Kawasan Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan.pdf

Prosedur Dan Garispanduan Pembinaan Menara Dan Struktur Pemancar Telekomunikasi Negeri Pulau Pinang.PDF



Standard Guidelines For Underground Utility Mapping

Date : 30-10-2014
Attachment :


NGN Standards

Please click on the followings document to view the latest standards of Next Generation Network.

Date : 25-03-2014
Attachment :

NGN-Specs_Blown Optical Fibre Cable.pdf

NGN-Specs_Fibre Cable Attachment.pdf



NGN Guidelines

Guidelines for Next Generation Network - NGN.

Date : 02-03-2013
Attachment :

NGN Trenching for Fibre-Optics Network.pdf

NGN Fibre-to-the-Buildings.pdf

NGN SOP Ver 2.0_Update_20130301.pdf

Guidelines for Underground Utility

Guidelines for Underground Utility

Date : 01-03-2013
Attachment :

Underground Utility Database.pdf

Underground Utility Installation.pdf

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