Satellite broadband to students’ rescue

All smiles for the rollout of satellite broadband internet connectivity solutions by Reach 10. Photo: Sarawakku Facebook
Nanga Sumpa kids can now resume online education

KUCHING: The Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) has announced the rollout of satellite broadband internet connectivity solutions by Reach 10 as part of the latter’s corporate social responsibility to address the plight of school children of Nanga Sumpa in Batang Ai, Lubok Antu.

Using Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), the school children at Nanga Sumpa are now able to resume their online education and the villagers can stay connected with the outside world.

“We realise that we have the capability to quickly resolve the connectivity issue for these children and we are thrilled to be able to make a difference to them and the villagers there,” said Leo Chin, chief executive officer of Reach 10 in a statement issued by SMA today.

Thumbs-up for the rollout of satellite broadband internet connectivity solutions by Reach 10. Photo: Sarawakku Facebook

Nanga Sumpa has long been Sarawak’s premier eco-tourism destination, well-known for its community tourism initiative, pristine landscape, and wild orang-utan spotting experience. It is a one-and-a-half-hour longboat ride from the Batang Ai Lake with no road access.

“Nevertheless, we are aware of the fact that there are many areas in Sarawak, especially the rural areas that have not received comprehensive and stable communication coverage due to geographical and technical challenges,” said SMA general manager Dr Zaidi Razak.

As a continuation of this initiative, SMA said it would strive to roll out the Sarawak Multimedia Authority Linking Urban, Rural and Nation (Saluran) 200 project to target villages such as Nanga Jambu by February next year.