Heritage city on fast lane of WiFi tech


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019

AS the country heads towards the 5G technology, Penang has taken the lead with the launch of the Terragraph pilot project.

YTL Communications (YES) Sdn Bhd has brought the Terragraph WiFi network to the heritage zone which can deliver 170mbps, touted as one of the fastest in the world.

State Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said this was 10 times faster than the fastest public WiFi networks in the world including Singapore.

He said the 5G connection, free for six months, would enable everyone to experience for the first time world-class network in the heritage area.

The project began in February covering five zones in the heritage enclave.

“The company already rolled out at 160 out of the 350 locations with 298 Terragraph nodes which support 40 access points or locations,” Jagdeep told reporters at the City Hall in George Town on Friday.

A closeup of the Terragraph device (above) and the device after being installed on a lamp post (right) near the City Hall in Penang.
A closeup of the Terragraph device (above) and the device after being installed on a lamp post (right) near the City Hall in Penang.

Terragraph is the underlying technology bringing gigabit speeds to support data demand of urban residents, visitors and accelerating new smart-city services.

Facebook introduced Terragraph in 2016.

YTL Communications, Jagdeep said, had also successfully deployed the 5G wireless terminals on 160 city lamp posts, with the target completion by May.

“This is an extremely momentous occasion as our nation announced that we are moving towards 5G and the state would like to thank all parties including the Malaysian Communi-cations and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for the continuous support and strategic collaboration in the project,” he said.

YTL Corporation Berhad executive director Datuk Yeoh Soo Keng said YTL is an international company that wants to give the best back to Malaysians.

Jagdeep (in blue jacket) pointing to the Terragraph device fixed on a lamp post near the City Hall. Present are (from left) are Wing, Yeoh and council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star
Jagdeep (in blue jacket) pointing to the Terragraph device fixed on a lamp post near the City Hall. Present are (from left) are Wing, Yeoh and council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

“All our products are built with the highest standards and at a reasonable price in line with the call of our Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo to provide high quality and cost-effective mobile connectivity for all in Malaysia,” she said.

Also present was YTL Communications CEO Wing K. Lee.

YTL has 64 years of history to bring the country to the forefront of innovation and technology from being the first turnkey contractor to being the first independent power producer in Malaysia.

YTL has also placed Malaysia in the map as the first country in the world to modernise education via wireless learning education in removing all hindrances to learning, be it adverse weather or geological challenges, by partnering Google in providing connectivity and delivering Chromebooks to all schools nationwide.

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