Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik, who witnessed the signing ceremony between TM Group and I-Bhd to form a strategic partnership in Kuala Lumpur recently, congratulated both parties for “forging such a forward looking collaboration in building a digital township in Shah Alam”.
The minister said when he launched MyICMS886 he was more focused on broadband penetration but I-Bhd had proven to him that all the elements of MyICMS886 were attainable if everyone put their efforts into it.
Lim said projects such as i-City would help transform Malaysia into a knowledge economy as envisioned in MyICMS886 and would also open Malaysia to more foreign investments.
I-Bhd's i-City will be the first privately financed initiative in Malaysia that will offer a full suite implementation of MyICMS886 in the country. It will have multi-service convergence networks as a crucial component and will have both high speed wired and wireless broadband in a campus set-up enabling multiple services on a fully IP-based network.
It will also have an incubation programme that will focus on multimedia content.
“TM is pleased to collaborate with I-Bhd in making this iconic development a reality. Today, ICT developments are not uncommon, but what is exceptional is that a single organisation has taken the task of planning and developing a fully integrated digital city of this scale and magnitude.
“i-City heralds the arrival of exciting times ahead,” TM group chief executive officer for Malaysia business Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said.
TM will be providing its know-how in deploying the Metro-E connection to provide high-speed broadband Internet services to i-City. Its expertise will also include customised services, technology support and training.
I-Bhd chief executive officer Eu Hong Chew said i-City would create a comprehensive digital environment where one can live, work and play.
Eu said the group began with digital products and then moved into equipping smart homes. “i-City is the next logical step as we expand our expertise into providing solutions for the 21st century digital community,” he added.
The ICT master plan for i-City will include building an ICT/digital products retail centre; setting up an incubation programme; establishing a technology showcase; implementing digital technology based township services such as remote surveillance, smart car parking, information kiosks; and sensory-activated light and sound multimedia displays along a 1,000-foot pedestrian walkway and buildings.