Input of industry players sought to improve digital connectivity, says Saifuddin

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: The authorities are seeking input from industry players to review the national digital infrastructure development plan.

The move is to meet the demands of the new norm culture in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Towards this end, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is organising the National Digital Infrastructure Laboratory (lab) series from July 13 to Aug 14 to set new aims under the national digital infrastructure development plan.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said it would culminate in a holistic mapping of the national communications infrastructure.

He said a concerted effort was needed to expand coverage and improve quality of broadband services, apart from optimising resources such as the optical fibres and broadband spectrum in order to improve the national digital connectivity.

"We must quickly ensure greater Internet coverage and quality of broadband services," he said in a statement on Thursday (July 9).

Participation of industry players in the lab series had been identified based on several important criteria, he said.

"Among them are those boasting high customer base (more than 10% of the mobile market or more than 5% of landline market), have existing coverage services, have invested in related digital infrastructure, or involved in end-to-end network management and international connectivity, as well as those competent in utilising spectrum bands in the service network," he said.

Apart from industry players, representatives from the ministry and relevant agencies were also invited to the lab sessions.

"This new approach hinges on synergistic collaboration between the government and industry players to accelerate the improvement process," he said.

Such an approach was important to enable MCMC to quickly formulate a comprehensive action plan that could be implemented to meet the current needs, he said.

"I am aware there are many more licence holders and stakeholders who can also assist in identifying and finding solutions.

"We call upon them to give their input to the MCMC.

"I am confident that this new approach will yield positive results in terms of coverage, and quality of services.

"To ensure the success of this initiative, I will monitor the development of the lab series from time to time," he said.

The ministry would continue looking into enhancing coverage and upgrading the quality of broadband services in the country in view of the growing demand for Internet access, he said.

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