The Borneo Post (Sabah)

MCMC aims to further improve Internet, broadband coverage



LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communicat­ions and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) seeks to continue improving Internet and broadband coverage in line with the national digital infrastruc­ture plan (JENDELA).

Chairman Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek said MCMC’s focus is based on three parameters, which are fixed broadband, new communicat­ion towers and the upgrading of existing towers to enable migration from the third generation (3G) to 4G network.

“On fixed broadband, we are working on laying out the fibre to the premises in the country and for the last quarter, we did more than 100 per cent.

“We also achieved over 100 per cent in the second quarter of this year (January-March 2021),” he said on Bernama TV’s ‘The Nation’ programme today in conjunctio­n with the recent JENDELA Second Quarterly Report.

Fadhlullah noted that a more supply-driven approach is currently being taken regarding communicat­ion towers, where people are preparing the infrastruc­ture before there is demand.

“In the last quarter, we saw some teething problems with new communicat­ion towers, especially in getting state approvals.

“But we are expecting faster approvals as state government­s have realised the importance of expediting the process,” he said.

Regarding the upgrading of towers, Fadhlullah said the 3G network needs to be shut down as it uses a limited resource (spectrum) that is also used by the 4G network.

Therefore, he said, the spectrum would have to be increased to 4G to enable more data and provide more speed. — Bernama

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