MCMC to install free WiFi in hundreds of rural areas across Malaysia for 2 years


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Just recently, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced that they are focusing on expanding the internet to more rural areas. In fact, they have listed up to 839 remote locations and an evaluation is being tendered from eligible service provider licensees.

According to the official statement, it will commence as soon as the application closes on 15 April 2021. The remote locations are involved includes 178 indigenous settlements in Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor. As for East Malaysia, they will also reach out to the interior of Sabah and Sarawak with 138 and 523 communities respectively.

Because the areas are located far from most telecommunication network facilities and the difficulty of access due to terrain conditions, the communities will have free WiFi access of up to 35Mbps. This project is scheduled to be completed by October 2021 this year and this initiative is a temporary solution for 2 years before any permanent infrastructure can be built for telecommunication network connectivity.

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