A leap in telecommunications coverage
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.