Monday, November 26, 2012

Live From DUN Sarawak : Awang Tengah on Telecommunications

Sarawak Kolok Mee bringing you the latest spice of what's happening in Sarawak DUN Sitting today. These few days will be concluding sessions of various ministers' answers for questions which ADUNs presented last week. Sarawak Kolok Mee will publish first hand replies from the ministers' before the newspaper does tomorrow.

For the past ten years, the government has invested more than RM1.5 billion in its effort to improve the telecommunication infrastructure in the state.

As of today, there are more than 800 communication towers, 34 Pusat Internet 1Malaysia, 26 Community Broadband Libraries, 33 Mini Community Broadband Centres, 828 Kampung Tanpa Wayar WiFi Access Points and various other telecommunication infrastructure available.

The household broadband penetration rate for Sarawak stands at 48.5% (269,000 households), a huge jump over a span of 4 years, from 13.6% in 2008.

23 new fiber optic links are currently being developed throughout the state including the SCORE areas of Samalaju, Mukah and Tanjung Manis. Additionally, more than 120 new cellular telecommunication structures are currently being implemented and are expected to be in full operation by the last quarter of 2013.

A total of 108 current 2G sites are being upgraded to 3G service and is scheduled to be fully operational by the third quarter 2013. 37 new Pusat Internet 1Malaysia are planned for implementation in 2013.

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