Improving Internet speed in S’wak

Visitors greeting Abang Johari at the Chief Minister’s older brother’s Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg’s open house in Kuching. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: The Sarawak government is meeting with all local ICT players to list the required infrastructures to realise its vision of providing two terabits per second (2Tbps) data transmission across the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the government is also carrying out research and findings will be presented at another ICT conference slated this November.

The state is also discussing with ICT players on suitable areas to build communication towers that would enable smooth penetration in rural areas.

“We are currently meeting up with all ICT players in Sarawak to list down the required facilities and infrastructures, including the layout of our fibre optic network and implementation of the cloud computing system.

“The communication towers will be built along the coastal areas but we need to identify the locality for the towers,” he told reporters at the Hari Raya open house of Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof here on Tuesday.

At the Sarawak Legislative Assembly sitting last month, Abang Johari said Telekom Malaysia has agreed to increase the data transmission speed in Sarawak to 4Tbps this June. He added that the state currently has an average speed of up to 100Mbps per household at densely populated areas and between 20Mbps and 50Mbps in low populated areas, which were sufficient for the 4G technology.

The state is looking to increase the number of its communication towers from 1,200 to 5,000.

The new spectrum allocation would enable it to migrate to 5G technology, he said in his winding up speech.

On the implementation of tourism tax that would be postponed to August 1, Abang Johari said the state still needed to iron out the tax collection mechanism, channelling of funds between the state and Federal Government, as well as brief hoteliers, before it can roll out the tourism tax.

At present, the chief minister does not think the state is prepared for its implementation in August.

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