Implement rural broadband network at Kg Sawai

Safiee (centre) during his visit to Kampung Sawai.

KUCHING: The state government was urged to implement the Sarawak Rural Broadband Network (MySRBN) at Kampung Sawai in Matu.

Daro assemblyman, Safiee Ahmad proposed this as a temporary alternative while waiting for the construction of telecommunications towers in the area.

He said Sarawak Multimedia Authority Rural Telecommunication (SMART) 300 Phase 1 had been completed and was waiting for Phase 2 network installation from telecommunication companies.

“MySRBN will ensure better internet connectivity in the near future for Kampung Sawai, Matu and the surrounding areas,” he said.

Safiee said this in a post on the DUN N43 Daro Facebook page on Saturday after his visit to Kampung Sawai earlier that day.

During his visit, the assemblyman was accompanied by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) personnel to assess plans to supply better communication facilities to the area.

This included coordinating with the villagers to identify short-term and long-term action plans that had been drawn up by the state and federal governments.

The long-term plan, which takes about a year to implement, will provide higher-speed communication lines and 4G internet as in the other big towns.

Kampung Sawai, Matu has been listed by the MCMC for the construction of a telecommunication tower under the Jendela Programme.

Safiee said the short-term plan, which would take about three months to implement, would provide Veasat WiFi in the village to enable school and university students to follow online learning as well employees to work from home.

He hoped that efforts from the federal and state governments were accepted and supported by all. He urged the villagers to cooperate with the implementing agencies and contractors to ensure smooth implementation of the projects.