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Published: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 7:57:26 AM

Focus on better Net services

KEMAMAN: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry wants to improve the quality of telecommunication services by providing better infrastructure to cater to the rapid changes in wireless broadband services in the country.

Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the focus would not only be on the coverage but quality and speed of such services provided by telecommunication providers, in line with the increased demand for wireless broadband.

This is essential in providing faster Internet services to keep up with the rapid advancement in telecommunications, he added.

“Malaysia not only wants to achieve 100% penetration rate for Internet services but also targets to improve the quality of the services, especially in rural areas.

“In the past we only used telephones for conversation but now we use telephones to send and receive text messages, videos and pictures. It can also be used to send information related to health, weather and others.

“So we need more advanced services,” he told reporters after handing out incentives to poultry farmers under the Azam Tani programme here yesterday.

He said the country needed to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to cater for a surge in requirement for technology which had not only reached the 2G, 3G and 4G level but 5G now.

On the rapid development in digital TV broadcast services, Ahmad Shabery said infrastructure development projects for such needs would start by mid-2014. He said the digital systems would be tested first in the east coast states.

“The rationale in introducing the digital broadcast system in states like Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang is to provide an opportunity for places with less density to experience digital broadcast services before expanding to places with high density,” he said.

Ahmad Shabery said the infrastructure development for such services would incur a cost of about RM1bil and is expected to be completed by 2017 before the Govern-ment decides to end analogue TV broadcast services by 2020. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Science & Technology, shabery cheek, telecommunications

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