ICT scheme aimed at closing the digital gap

CLOSING the digital gap and developing human capital with IT knowledge is Pahang’s main agenda in implementing its ICT programme, said State Information, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin (BN - Lanchang).

He was replying to a question from Choong Siew Onn (DAP - Teras) at the State Assembly.

Mohd Sharkar said the state had been working closely with relevant agencies such as Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Multimedia Development Corporation to develop broadband services and ICT training programmes for the people.

“To-date, 23 community broadband centres and six broadband libraries have been set up statewide.

“Plans are in the pipeline to set up another 29 centres by 2010,” he said, adding that each centre would be manned by two supervisors and equipped with 20 computers offering Internet services and training programmes to the community.

Mohd Sharkar said the state was also seeking an allocation to set up wireless broadband services in major towns to increase the penetration rate to 30% by 2010.

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