Ministry to speed up Net access in the interior


KUALA LUMPUR: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry will focus on efforts to speed up the provision of facilities for Internet access in last mile locations or the interior of several areas throughout the country this year.

Although various initiatives under the National Digital Infrastructure Plan (Jendela) would be implemented as scheduled, efforts to provide infrastructure for Internet access should be speeded up, said its minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He stressed that it was the ministry’s target to ensure Internet would be made available to about 4% of areas in the east coast and several other locations in the peninsula and the interior of Sabah and Sarawak.

“The Internet facility provided should be practical; for example, longhouses in Sarawak are not compatible to fibreoptic or broadband infrastructure but suitable to use satellite.

“(In Sarawak) I told SKMM (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) we need to speed up proposals, determine and provide a suitable type of satellite.

“Do not wait for proposals to come, ” he said on the Selamat Pagi Malaysia programme aired by RTM 1 yesterday.

On another matter, Saifuddin said the ministry, through Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), aimed to increase the number of high-value jobs in the gig economy. — Bernama

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