SUBANG Jaya will be the first township in Malaysia to benefit from increased Internet speed with the installation of a new technology known as a Centralised BBU System (CBS).
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will work together with Platinum Core Solutions (PCS) over the next month to instal nine CBS “smart poles” across Subang Jaya.
The first smart pole, measuring 18m high, was successfully installed on the edge of SS18in Subang Jaya and officially launched last week.
In addition to boosting Internet speed in a limited radius, the smart poles have useful added features such as public Wi-Fi as well as floodlights and surveillance cameras to improve public security.
MPSJ deputy president Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali said this new pilot project was a first, not only for Selangor, but for the whole of Malaysia.
Selangor Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah was present to witness the project launch.
He said PCS was responsible for the choice of locations for the new smart poles, and that they first needed to engage in dialogues with the local communities before the council could consider the smart pole location for approval.
He added that the new smart poles utilised fibre optic cables instead of microwave transmissions, eliminating the health concerns that surrounded old telecommunication towers.
The installation of the smart poles have the added advantage of not requiring excavation works on public roads for the laying of underground cables.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh praised MPSJ councillor Ken Chia for his part in discussing the project with SS18 residents and gaining their support.
“This is how we should be doing business. We should be engaging one another, not pushing things down the residents’ throats and expecting them to just accept it,” she said.
Residents initially objected to the smart pole being constructed in the middle of the local park, so it was later moved to the road shoulder.
Yeoh expressed her hope that the task of monitoring surveillance cameras could be handed over to the police as public security would be more their responsibility as opposed to the council’s.
Users in the immediate vicinity of the smart pole can access the public Wi-Fi by using an existing social media account or registering for an MPSJ Wi-Fi account on the spot through their mobile devices.