PETALING JAYA: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has completed its new fibre optic network hub or point of presence (PoP) project phase one installations, across the northern region, Sabah and Sarawak.
PoP is a place where different devices connect to each other and to the internet. In simple terms, PoP brings fibre closer to users.
TM, in a statement, said by setting up PoP locations near schools, people in rural and remote areas can get better and faster internet services in their homes, instead of relying on mobile internet. This will improve internet access and connectivity for more people in the community.
Communications and Digital minister Fahmi Fadzil said the new PoPs represented a major step forward in the Government's efforts to narrow the digital gap and promote digital inclusion across Malaysia.
A total of 4,370 PoPs had been planned under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) where 4,323 PoPs will be installed near rural schools and 47 PoPs near industrial area.
Phase one of the project, involves 677 sites and the remaining will be implemented under phase two over the span of three years, 2022-2025.
A total of 233 PoP circuits were installed under phase 1, with 100% completion achieved by TM, ahead of other industry players.
“We are thrilled to see the progress and achievements of this project, which will bring significant benefits and opportunities to the community, including improved internet quality, economic development and the development of new infrastructures,” TM One executive vice president Shazurawati Abdul Karim said.
“As the nation's telecommunications leader, and enabler of Digital Malaysia, TM is committed to support the nation's development agenda through the benefits brought by hyperconnectivity and digital solutions, which will accelerate digital adoption and new economic growth,” added Shazurawati.