RM1.6 billion to expand and upgrade internet infrastructure in Kedah: Annuar

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SO SETAR: A total of RM1.6 billion is required for the development of internet facilities and infrastructure in Kedah covering various areas under the National Digital Network Plan (JENDELA) implemented till 2025.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the award entails, among other things, the construction of a number of new towers which are expected to be fully completed by the end of this year as part of of the first phase of JENDELA.

“The first scope concerns the construction of new towers to complete the network migration program from 3G to 4G. To complete the 4G installations, the need for new towers is essential.

“There is progress where 40% is complete but there is still 60% being implemented and we hope it will be completed before the end of this year,” he told reporters during the interview. the fast-breaking event with the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Communications and multimedia here today.

He said a number of transmission towers in the state need to be upgraded with the implementation currently underway to allow 4G network services to be provided to residents.

Further, he said that the installation of fiber optic facilities in premises and residences as well as schools is also underway as part of the first phase of JENDELA.

“For Kedah, there are many rural areas and rural schools that do not have fiber optic networks. At first, the government tried to provide internet services to schools using wireless facilities, but these projects were halted and stopped.

“We now believe that schools should use the Point of Presence (PoP) fiber optic network and in Kedah alone over 300 rural schools have been identified where we have launched tenders which are currently being finalized. ‘assessment,’ he said.

Annuar also said that the scope or other components to be developed related to internet services in the state include equipping the Keluarga Malaysia Digital Economy Center (PEDi) with necessary facilities.

He said that while all of these Internet facilities or infrastructure will eventually be ready later, that does not mean development is over, as other issues, such as the use of the latest technologies, also need to be addressed.

“There are one or two technologies that we are evaluating, especially for areas that are too remote. Now we use the concept of satellites, but there are now more advanced technologies that use satellites, called Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, which we are researching and studying.

“All of this is within the expenditure of RM1.6 billion and we hope it can go ahead as planned,” he said. — Bernama

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