High-speed broadband internet launched in Mulu

Abang Johari (fourth left) uses a tablet to launch the high speed broadband internet for Mulu. Looking on are (from left): Urban Development and Natural Resources Assistant Minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh; Mulu assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala; Sacofa Sdn Bhd managing director Zaid Zaini; Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and SDEC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani. Photo: Ukas

MULU: The people in Mulu can heave a sigh of relief as internet connectivity in the area has been improved following the launch of the state government’s high-speed broadband service.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said while the implementation has not been smooth sailing due to terrain and geographical situation in the area, it has nevertheless been accomplished.

“It is not easy to build telecommunications towers here but thanks to Sacofa, we have been able to launch high-speed broadband internet in Long Terawan and today in Mulu.

“This is one of the transformation that we wanted to implement in rural areas so that the people can easily communicate with one another be it in terms of economic activities or social,” he said when officiating at the launch of high speed broadband internet service in Mulu today.

Abang Johari said for Mulu, its hilly terrain meant that the works to build telecommunication towers was challenging.

“(The line of sight) has to be spot on so that the signal can reach (the receiver). What I am saying is that internet connectivity is crucial and our landscape in Sarawak is challenging,” he said.

The chief minister said for Mulu, being recognised as a world heritage site, it meant that the area has to be equipped with better internet connectivity for tourists.

He added, with better connectivity, it also meant that economic activities could be enhanced through the sale of local goods and products online.

“Yesterday, when I mentioned that Long Terawan was known for its banana fruit, many pointed out that it is not the only local produce. This means that the locals know the potential of the area,” he said.

He added that the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) would roll out more telecommunication towers in other areas beginning this year.

“We will improve on this so that our internet connectivity can be enhanced,” he assured.