The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM) has revealed that 4G broadband coverage in the populated areas of Sarawak has increased to 82.84 per cent in the second quarter of 2022. In comparison, prior to the implementation of the National Digital Network (JENDELA) Plan Phase 1 (2020-2022), the coverage was at 73.67 per cent.
Its Deputy Minister, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin in Parliament yesterday further elaborated that as of Q2 this year, these telecommunication infrastructures and upgrades had been built in the state:
- 91 new tower sites
- 3082 transmitter stations upgraded
- 523 areas provided with satellite broadband coverage
- 79,766 premises had fibre optics internet access
According to Bernama, the K-KOMM Deputy Minister also announced that broadband coverage will continue to be improved throughout the country, including in rural and interior areas through Phase 2 of JENDELA. As for Sarawak, Zahidi said all the initiatives involved government allocations through the Universal Service Provision (USP) and commercial investment by service providers exceeding RM4 billion in Sarawak.
Out of that amount, a total of RM2.12 billion had been utilised while the remaining RM1.9 billion was in the implementation stage. Moreover, in addition to the construction of telecommunication towers through the JENDELA and satellite projects, the government also implemented the provision of broadband infrastructure using the Point of Presence (PoP) method.
Specifically, Phase 1 of the PoP Project will involve 630 locations, while Phase 2 will cover 3693 locations near schools in rural areas throughout the country. The total number of PoPs in Sarawak will be 741.
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