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Tuesday October 29, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 29, 2013 MYT 11:35:46 AM
by neville spykerman
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is ranked second among 26 resource and efficiency driven economies in the Connectivity Scorecard 2013, thanks to its wide broadband penetration.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia had surpassed other Asean countries, including Thailand (13), Vietnam (14), the Philippines (18) and Indonesia (20).
Singapore is ranked under another grouping of innovation-driven economies.
“This global ICT Index is the first of its kind to rank countries, not only on their development of ICT infrastructure, but also to measure the extent to which governments, businesses and consumers make use of connectivity technologies to enhance social and economic prosperity,” he said.
Muhyiddin added that it was a pleasure to note Malaysia has been a consistent performer in the Scorecard and had maintained its position at the top three of the rankings in the past few years.
He said Malaysia’s broadband penetration rate has reached 67% as of September compared to just 22% in 2008 as a result of government initiatives.
“Global studies have shown a direct correlation between GDP growth rates and Internet broadband penetration rates,” he said during the launch of V Telecoms Berhad’s Global IP Transit services at a hotel here.
He said the World Bank has indicated that a 10% rise in Internet broadband penetration would lead to an increase of 1.21 percentage points in economic growth or 1.38 percentage points for low and middle-income countries.
“On that note, I commend V Telecoms for rolling out their fibre optic technology throughout the country to connect the disconnected,” he said.
He said the move is in line with the Government’s efforts in striving to meet the demands of society which has become increasingly more information-based.
Also present at the launch yesterday was Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, V Telecoms Global Limited chairman Tan Sri Syed Mohd Yusof Tun Syed Nasir, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi and V Telecoms CEO Roslina Ibrahim.
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