KUCHING: The Sibuti parliamentary constituency is currently being equipped with broadband internet services under the Sarawak Rural Broadband Network (MySRBN) programme.
Its MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni said the initiative is welcomed by the people in the constituency and hoped that the service would provide satisfactory internet speed.
“Currently, the service provider has sent its installation representatives to several locations throughout Sibuti,” he said in a Facebook post today (April 18).
Lukanisman said the programme was introduced by the Sarawak government through the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) and was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during his visit to Long Terawan recently.
“The initiative is one of the government’s efforts to provide broadband facilities in line with the digital economy policy as internet is one of the basic necessities.
“This bridges the digital divide between places and strengthens the new norms of broadband-use in education and transactions,” he said.
He said this initiative will provide convenience to 45,000 users in 150 locations with broadband coverage and internet speed of up to 30Mbps.
“As a start, MySRBN will provide free Wi-Fi for up to six months and the government has said that it will introduce a subsidy to every household that subscribes after the six-month free period expires,” he said.
He added that apart from MySRBN, the government also provides Wi-Fi services via satellite implemented by the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA).
The federal government, through the National Digital Infrastructure Plan (Jendela) programme, is also working to provide telecommunication services through the installation of new towers and provision of Unifi services.