Internet connectivity in Limbang expected to see increase

Awang Tengah speaking at the launch of SMA’s Linking Urban, Rural and Nation (Saluran) and Digital Community Centre (DCC) in Limbang.

LIMBANG: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan says through several initiatives by the state and federal governments, Limbang is expected to have its  telecommunications coverage increased from 48.5 per cent to 98.4 by the end of 2022.

He pointed out that the initiatives included the Sarawak Multimedia Authority’s (SMA) Linking Urban, Rural and Nation (Saluran) and Digital Community Centre (DCC).

“The Sarawak government is aware of the issues faced by the community here following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Thus, the state government, through SMA and other government agencies, including Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), Sains, with support from the federal government through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), has planned and implemented various initiatives to increase Internet coverage in Limbang as well as throughout Sarawak for temporary and long-term usage,” he said when officiating at the launch here on Monday (Nov 29).

He pointed out that until March this year, the government had successfully built a total of 200 Saluran WiFi throughout the state.

“At the same time in Limbang, six locations have been provided with Saluran WiFi facilities, namely Kampung Ipai, Kampung, Maruyu, Kampung Merajang, Long Rayeh, Rumah Rumpang and Krangan Ma using Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology.”

He said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government was also implementing the Sarawak Rural Broadband Network (MySRBN) which would expand broadband coverage of telecommunication towers to a 5km radius.

“Thirty-four areas in Limbang Division are now able to enjoy the MySRBN service, which provides Internet connectivity to more than 45,000 residents with speeds of up to 30Mbps.

“We must work together to ensure the success of Sarawak’s digital economy agenda. Insyaallah, all Sarawakians will be able to enjoy a better income and quality of life through this initiative.”

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