Urgent need for high-speed Internet

Johor princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim (centre, in blue and white) with Mohamed Khaled (centre, white shirt), Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Said Keruak (centre, brown shirt) and strategic partners at the launch of Johor 4.0.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Internet speed in Johor should be on a par with the state’s rapid development.

With that concern, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin has called on the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to help the state government in developing high-speed Internet infrastructure here.

He said this was to enable the Johor people enjoy Internet speed of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps), compared to the current 10 Mbps which was “too slow”.

“So, I hope MCMC can take this into account. We, in Johor, are also ready to become a pilot test platform for the MCMC in developing high-speed Internet infrastructure and will give full cooperation to make it a reality,” he said at the launch of the Johor 4.0: Digitalising the People of Johor here.

Mohamed Khaled said this was also in line with the “New Decade of Johor” mission, which was aimed at making the digital economy a new and important source of income for development.

“In the next decade, the digital economy is expected to increase from 15.5% in 2016 to 24.3% by 2025 with an estimated market value of USD23 trillion," he said.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Khaled said Johor 4.0 was a strategic initiative by the state government based on a specific framework to transform the state’s economy into a digital economy, that would propel the state into a new economic powerhouse in the country and in the region.

“The initiative is aimed at ensuring the state's most important stakeholder, namely the people of Johor, stay ahead in the digital economy,” he said. ­-— Bernama

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