PENANG International Airport (PIA) is now equipped with 5G telecommunications speed.
State infrastructure and transport committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari, who launched the service at the airport, said the 5G infrastructure would attract more investors to help boost the digital economy in Penang.
He attributed the arrival of the technology in Penang to Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), YTL Communications and Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB).
“I hope that the technology will bring Penang to greater heights.
“The state government is constantly working with MCMC and telcos to ensure excellent coverage and connectivity,” he told Buletin Mutiara at PIA in Bayan Lepas.
Penang Secretariat departmental secretary Nur Aishah Md Norodin, who was present at the launch, said the state targeted 463 sites – 228 on the island and 235 on the mainland – by June next year for the 5G technology.
“As of now, 151 sites have been identified on the island for the 5G service under the phase one implementation plan by DNB this year.
“A total of 58 new 5G telecommunication structures have been set up while 93 structures will be upgraded.
“For next year under phase two, the island will have an additional 77 similar 5G structures while 235 structures will be set up in Seberang Prai,” she said.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow launched the 5G service at the UAB Building in George Town recently.