Abang Johari: 12th Malaysia Plan can give Sarawak 5G connectivity

  • Nation
  • Friday, 04 Oct 2019

KUCHING: Sarawak wants to upgrade its Internet connectivity towards 5G under the 12th Malaysia Plan period from 2021 to 2025.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic) said there were plans to set up digital gateways in Kuching and Miri which would be linked to Hong Kong, the United States and Europe for faster Internet speeds.

"I was told that these two gateways can provide about 20 terabits (per second), meaning they will enable us to have 5G.

"What we need now is a cable link on land using fibre optics. We hope that under the 12th Malaysia Plan, we will upgrade our connectivity towards 5G," he told reporters after opening the Borneo International Drone and Robotics Explore 2019 event here on Friday (Oct 4).

Abang Johari said the Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs) was currently working with Huawei in digital skills training and digital infrastructure, including 5G technology.

"Huawei has the hardware for 5G. With this hardware and our infrastructure, we will be able to link to any part of the world in real time.

"This of course needs a lot of investment but we have set aside some funds," he said, adding that the infrastructure would be developed in phases.

In his speech earlier, Abang Johari said Sarawak would focus on four main thrusts under the 12th Malaysia Plan besides improving Internet connectivity.

He said these were developing a modern agriculture sector, using technology in tourism and services, upgrading basic infrastructure and providing training and education.

"In the future, we want to have smart farmers who use drones to manage their farms and water their crops.

"We want to use augmented and virtual reality in tourism marketing as a way to promote our culture," he said.

With the right training and education, he added, Sarawak would be able to produce human capital with the required skills to master technology and transform the state's economy.

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