KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is set to get a boost in Internet connectivity with the rollout of Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) systems in 501 locations in the state in phases starting this year.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said this during the launch of the "Connect Me Now" WiFi project at Kampung Mantus in Pitas on Saturday (April 10), as part of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government's efforts to assist rural folks in getting better Internet access.
“The effort to install VSAT systems is part of the short-term solution so that the rural population can access the Internet, especially school-going children, ” he said during the event.
Hajiji also said the government would build 13 telecommunication towers in Pitas district, where one has already been completed.
“Four are in the midst of construction and we expect the remaining eight to be completed by early next year, ” he added.
During the visit to the district, which was Hajiji’s first since becoming Chief Minister, he also announced that Jalan Salimpodon-Mantus will be tarred, which will benefit over 1,500 villagers from several villages there.
The road, currently a stretch of gravel and dirt, is located about 16km from Pitas town.
A budget of RM4mil has been approved for the road pavement project, Hajiji said, adding that the government will continue to bring development into the district.