SIBU: Members of the public here can now access free Internet connection following the installation of 32 Howddy wireless hotspot zones.
This free Internet connection is only for light usage, not for video streaming and dowloading of large files.
To access the facility, users only need to download the application “Howddy mobile” using their smartphone.
Junior Chamber International of Malaysia Seduan (JCI Seduan) is the technical recipient of Komunity Infomasi dan Komunikasi Rangkaian (KIKR) for the project where the facility is built and provided by Optical Communication Engineering (OCE), a Communication and Multimedia Ministry-licensed telco while Howddy Hotspots Sdn Bhd is the solution provider.
Rimbunana Hijau Group of Companies is the holding company of the two companies.
Speaking at the launch of the facility yesterday, JCI Seduan president Kiing Teck Ho said the facility was beneficial especially to students and middle-income earners who could not sustain paying RM50 a month for Internet data.
The launch was officiated by Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
Kiing said the project also came with the setting up of a portal at www.howddy.com to deliver local orientated information.
“JCI Seduan has created three channels of content to promote business to locals and visitors. The channels included the promotion of local food, attraction and places to stay. This is to ensure that Sibu community and visitors are well informed of the happenings in the town,” he added.
RH executive chairman Datuk Seri Tiong Hiew King said the installation of the hotspots was done three months ago.
“It is our corporate social responsibility to build Internet connectivity so that residents are able to participate or learn to participate in the communication changes that affect every facet and landscape of our living, whether in learning, working or been entertained and informed,” he said.
The company also plans to set up more than 30 WiFi hotspots to provide accessible and free Internet with quota for mobile and portable devices. – By ANDY CHUA