Perak set for high-speed Internet connectivity

  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Jul 2019

IPOH: Perakians will get to enjoy the high-speed broadband (HSBB) system under the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP).

State Communications, Multimedia, Non-Governmental Organisation and Cooperative Development Committee chairman Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim says Perak has been selected as the first state to get the service.

NFCP is a government project that combines the use of fibre optics and wireless connectivity to provide high-speed Internet connectivity for people in rural areas.

“We have received the proposal from TNB and it will take at least two weeks to finalise the next step. Not only will the public get to enjoy high-speed Internet access, the NFCP will also attract more investors to the state,” he told reporters yesterday.

The project was first tested at several areas in Jasin, Melaka, in January.

During the first trial, residents of Taman Merbau Perdana, Taman Maju and Felda Tun Ghafar, the Jasin post office and the municipal council received Internet speed of up to 1Gbps.

It was part of the government’s aim to ensure the people have access to high-speed broadband services at affordable prices.

The NFCP was drafted to support the development of the digital economy and the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Hasnul Zulkarnain said the pilot project in Jasin had benefited over 1,100 households.

“We can’t wait to start the project in Perak. But first, we need to negotiate some of the requests by TNB and will announce the launch date later.

“With the NFCP, building smart cities through a more synchronised system between local governments, government and private agencies will be more handy,” he said.

The smart city project is a collaboration between Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia), PLANMalaysia Perak and Ipoh City Council.

Using the Malaysia Smart Urban Development 2018-2025 framework, the project is a solution to curb and address municipal issues such as transportation and housing facility problems.

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