MCMC gives go-ahead for fixed broadband installations in green zones

  • MCMC
  • Monday, 20 Apr 2020

MCMC gives the green light for fixed broadband installation and repair works in green zones. — YAP CHEE HONG/ The Star

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said fixed broadband installations, restoration, network maintenance and new infrastructure installations are now allowed in green zones with no confirmed Covid-19 cases.

In a press statement, it said installers must show their declaration of health before they are allowed to enter a customer's premises.

For the sake of safety, both parties should wear face masks and practise social distancing.

As of April 18, only some areas along the east coast and in Sabah and Sarawak have green zones, according to the Health Ministry. There are none in the Klang Valley, Johor and Melaka.

In yellow or red zones, the regulatory body said installers are only allowed to enter premises that are providing essential services, like a clinic or hospital.

Otherwise, they are only allowed to do troubleshooting and restoration works up to the Distribution Point (DP).

Installations, maintenance and troubleshooting in yellow or red zones are strictly prohibited as they pose a high risk and could cause workers and customers to be exposed to Covid-19, as it usually requires at least two staff to enter the premises, it said.

MCMC said those living in the yellow and red zones should consider subscribing to wireless broadband instead as it doesn’t require home installations.

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