The Borneo Post (Sabah)

MCMC finalising satellite broadband access plans in remote areas

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communicat­ions and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is finalising the tender process for satellite broadband access services in 839 remote locations nationwide.

Minister of Communicat­ions and Multimedia Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, in a statement today, said the tender evaluation from eligible service provider licensees will begin as soon as applicatio­ns close on April 15.

“It is part of the government’s efforts to achieve developmen­t towards the country’s digital transforma­tion through Jendela (National Digital Network Plan) and the MyDigital initiative which are core plans to realise the aspiration­s of a digital nation, in line with the Shared Prosperity Vision by 2030,” he said in the statement.

He said the area consisted of 178 Orang Asli settlement­s in Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor, 138 places in the interior of Sabah and 523 locations in the interior of Sarawak.

According to Saifuddin, the areas are located far from the existing telecommun­ication network facilities and some of them are difficult to be accessed by heavy machinery due to difficult terrain.

Saifuddin said in this regard, the implementa­tion of Jendela was very important to bridge the digital divide so that no one will be left behind when it comes to developmen­t plans and also to enable every citizen to be involved in the digital economy. – Bernama

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