Hill folk up to speed soon after broadband upgrade

(From left) Mohamed Faisal, Chow and Cheok posing after the update on the fiberisation of Penang Hill.

FASTER broadband speeds of up to 800Mbps, compared with the present 8Mbps on Penang Hill, is set to give residents there better broadband experience.

Thanks to the collaboration between Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) and Telekom Malaysia (TM), upgrading works at the upper station, summit area, The Habitat Penang Hill, Jalan Upper Tunnel, the lower tunnel and Jalan Moniot were completed last December.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the benefits of the upgrading would be better telecommunication, internet coverage and also stable calls during emergencies for the residents up the hill.

“The ‘fiberisation’ of Penang Hill provides a conducive environment for future development of new technologies, such as 5G and the potential development of the internet-of-things solutions, ” said Chow at a press conference at his office in Komtar on Monday.

“This gives opportunities for smart farming and the collection of data on the hill for analytical purposes, such as weather forecasts, ” Chow said.

TM ONE head of government sales Mohamed Faisal Naina Mohamed said the project enabled Penang Hill to move forward with the nation’s fibre optics rollout.

“It is a project of migrating from copper to fibreoptics, as part of our national agenda for the next two to three years, and we are upgrading around one million ports nationwide.

“Penang will have 83,000 ports and the progress now is at about 20% with the entire network to be completed at the end of 2022.

PHC general manager Datuk Cheok Lay Leng said the high broadband speed opened up a new chapter for Penang Hill in terms of digitalisation and connectivity for the community there.

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