A TOTAL of 34 telecommunication towers under the Sarawak Multimedia Authority Rural Telecommunication (SMART) project are currently being implemented by Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) in Engkilili constituency.
Deputy Minister for Utility and Telecommunication, Datuk Liwan Lagang said of the figure, 23 towers had been completed while 11 were still under construction.
“Eleven more towers are currently in various stages of implementation under Phase 1 of the National Digital Network Plan (JENDELA) by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
“For the record, Merindun and Engkilili areas have enjoyed the Sarawak Rural Broadband Network (MySRBN) service implemented by SDEC,” he said in response to Johnical Rayong Ngipa (PSB-Engkilili) on the Sarawak government’s plan to overcome the Internet connectivity issue in his constituency.
As for supplementary questions from Johnical on the number of areas in Engkilili receiving broadband services via satellite, Liwan pointed out that eight areas, namely Lubok Maluh, Hulu Akup, Rh Mulok, Rh Nanga Darai, Nanga Lalang, Rh Upok Lepong Kepayang, Rh Belisan of Tembawai Tumpang in Ulu Skrang, and Rh Chunggat of Pulau in Skrang, were covered while only two, namely Kampung Stuga and Rh Blaie, were enjoying Internet services via Wi-Fi.
Liwan also revealed that in Phase 2 later, the telecommunication towers would be implemented in 11 more areas, namely Mawang Rh Kruntap, Rh Lanting, Rh Lidam Liu, Rh Spalau and Rh Ugum, Tebarong, Belawan, Rh Hulu Akup, Rh Kujuh and Rh Mulok, Nanga Putoh, Nanga Jambu, and Rh Duri Bangat and Entaban Ulu.