New telecommunication towers for Pakan

KUCHING: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will be conducting a survey at a village in Pakan, Julau.

This is to assess the area’s telecommunication coverage following revelations that a student has to travel a great distance from home to access the internet.

MCMC said, the findings of the survey will be matched with telecommunication development plans to enable residents to enjoy quality telecommunications services as well as improve their standard of living.

“Presently, 185 new telecommunication towers have been planned for construction under the second phase of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP 2) throughout Sarawak.

“From this total, seven new telecommunication towers have been planned for Pakan,” it said, adding that the new towers are expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2021.

MCMC said, the initiative to expand Internet coverage throughout the country has been implemented since 2003 and funded by the Universal Service Provision (USP) under the commission.

“Until May 2020, the commission, with the collaboration of telecommunication services companies, has built 553 telecommunication towers besides upgrading 1,064 towers with 3G and 4G coverage in Sarawak.

“The commission is aware that there are still many areas especially rural areas which have yet to be provided with stable internet connectivity with lack of electricity and poor terrain posing a challenge,” it said in a statement.

It pointed out that alternative approaches were being taken, such as using satellite networks and electricity supply from diesel generators, which could cause the internet network to be unstable.

“Regardless, MCMC is committed to providing inclusive telecommunication services to the people especially those living in rural areas in order to narrow the digital gap throughout the nation,” it said.