Sabah to get better coverage with 400 new telecommunications towers, says Fahmi


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will have better internet and phone coverage when the remaining 400 new telecommunications towers promised to the state are completed by year-end, says Fahmi Fadzil.

"For the first phase of the National Digital Network Plan (Jendela), Sabah has been allocated RM3.61bil to develop 647 new towers, upgrade 4,486 existing transmitter stations and provide fibre optic network to 303,569 premises statewide," said the Communications Minister.

He said as of February this year, 281 new towers were operational, and 4,473 transmitter stations had been upgraded to 4G.

"I will visit often to ensure we can achieve our target," he said.

He said this after officiating the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) here on Friday (May 17).

"We will work closely with ministries and authorities linked to infrastructure development in the state, such as the Land and Surveys Department, Sabah Forestry Department, Energy Commission of Sabah and the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd," he said.

"We will continue supporting programmes and initiatives that improve the people's living standards," he added.

The Jendela plan aims to connect nine million premises using fibre, expand 4G coverage to 100% of populated areas, and increase mobile broadband speed to 100Mbps by the end of 2025.

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