A leap in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions cov­er­age

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try has made sig­nif­i­cant progress in terms of fixed and mo­bile cov­er­age, the 2016 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (NTP) re­vealed.

The re­port stated that the work on fixed broad­band had ex­panded on its high speed broad­band phase two (HSBB2) and sub-ur­ban broad­band (SUBB) projects, while mo­bile broad­band cov­er­age had im­proved markedly through the rapid ex­pan­sion of the LTE Wire­less Broad­band cov­er­age.

This had led to the en­hance­ment of the coun­try’s broad­band con­nec­tiv­ity with the com­ple­tion of the Bay of Ben­gal Gate­way (BBG) Sub­ma­rine Cable Sys­tem.

The cable, which stretches over 8,000km from Pe­nang to the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE), will serve as an im­por­tant al­ter­na­tive con­duit for In­ter­net Pro­to­col (IP) traf­fic be­tween Sin­ga­pore and Europe via Malaysia.

“To en­sure more Malaysians en­joy fast mo­bile broad­band, the tar­get for LTE cov­er­age na­tion­wide was raised from 58 per cent to 65 per cent dur­ing the 2016 mid-year Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor (KPI) re­view.

“As the in­dus­try ma­tures, in­dus­try play­ers have also grown in­creas­ingly or­gan­ised,” read the re­port.

The re­port was launched by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak last Tues­day.

An­other sig­nif­i­cant progress was in the coun­try’s cre­ative con­tent, which recorded a strong ex­port growth of 182 per cent to reach RM1.217 bil­lion un­der NTP.

This saw the flour­ish­ing of sev­eral ini­tia­tives in the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Con­tent and In­fra­struc­ture (CCI) Na­tional Key Eco­nomic Ar­eas (NKEAs), par­tic­u­larly in the ar­eas of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and cre­ative con­tent.

The fo­cus of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions area had shifted from in­fra­struc­ture and ac­cess to ap­pli­ca­tions and con­tent.

“The shift has been led by the pri­vate sec­tor, with em­pha­sis on re­al­is­ing the con­nected econ­omy by build­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ships and link­ages through tech­nol­ogy.

“Over­all, CCI NKEA achieved 131 per cent of its KPIs in 2016,” the re­port read.

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