Upgrade For Broadband Services In Two Years

Saifuddin Abdullah

KOTA KINABALU: At least 115 new telecommunication towers, which include broadband services, will be built under a government initiative to provide public cellular services in Sabah.

“Besides that, a total of 10 new 4G transmitting stations and 266 upgrades have been implemented commercially by service providers in Sabah, all of which have been completed and operational this year,” said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah

“In addition, to improve the quality of fixed line broadband services, the initiative to upgrade copper-based networks to fibre optic ones will be implemented and a total of 43,879 customers in Sabah will be upgraded within the next two years,” he said in a written reply that was posted on the parliament’s official website today.

Saifuddin was replying to a question from Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau (Upko-Tuaran) who had wanted to know the steps that have been and will be taken to ensure high-speed Internet access in Sabah.

The government, said Saifuddin, always strove to implement various initiatives to improve the coverage and quality of broadband services throughout the country.

This, he said, is aimed at narrowing the digital divide between urban and rural areas, including in Sabah and Sarawak.

He said the ministry was holding a planning session with the industry through the National Digital Infrastructure Workshop (Makmal) from July 13 until Aug 14 led by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to strengthen the quality and coverage of services throughout the country.