Residents can scan code to check ownership of telco towers

Khairul Shahril (centre) being brief on the state’s telecommunication infrastructure development by Digital Perak Corporation Holdings chief executive officer Meor Rezal Fitri Meor Redwan. At right is Perak Communication and Multimedia Commission director Zairulnahar Zakaria.

QR codes will be placed on telco towers to allow people to get information about the structures, including their legal status.

Perak youth, sports, communications and multimedia committee chairman Khairul Shahril Mohamed said with the codes, people could find out who owned the structures and the avenue to lodge any complaint they might have.

“People can also scan the codes to complain about issues pertaining to reception.

“This is part of the state’s telecommunication infrastructure coordinating agency’s plan to legalise these structures, ” he said in a press conference after a briefing about telecommunication infrastructure development in the state.

“There is also a plan to issue permit renewal certificates to telco tower owners to ensure the structures have obtained licences from local governments and the Land and Mines Office, ” he said.

He added that the legalisation of the structures was mostly for infrastructural safety purposes.

The state has received 712 requests from telco tower owners to legalise their structures.

“Our priority is the safety of these structures.

“As such, we are trying to legalise the towers that are not registered with us.

“Owners of illegal towers have until Sept 31 to register or face stern action, ” said Khairul Shahril.

He also said 105 new telco towers would be built in Perak.

“The tender process has been conducted.

“We expect the structures to be built between this year and early next year.

“The focus will mostly be in rural areas, ” he added.

On the community Internet centres in Perak, Khairul Shahril hoped more would be built as they were well-received by the people.

He said there were 66 of such centres throughout the state, with plans to set up more.

“It has been an effective way to digitalise the community.

“I hope more will be created in the future, ” he said.

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