Telco tower target achieved

Telco tower with longhouse … This telco tower outside a longhouse is an effort by the state government to provide telecommunication services to under-served areas. File photo: SMA.

MULU: The target to improve Internet connectivity statewide through the construction of about 1,200 telecommunication towers has been achieved, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“This has been an ongoing effort since 2017 when I took over from the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem as chief minister where I launched the direction towards digital economy.

“In our blueprint from 2018 to 2022, we target to have at least 1,200 towers equipped with devices that will improve connectivity from one point to another.

“So today, before 2022, I think we have achieved the target between the Sarawak Multimedia Authority and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.”

He said this when officiating at the launch of high-speed broadband Internet connection here today.

Abang Johari said the state government had built about 600 towers and MCMC at the same time would roll out another 686 towers under the Jendela initiative within the same period.

“This means we have more than 1,200 towers, including the old ones. This will cover strategic areas throughout Sarawak.”

He said besides improving Internet connectivity, other components in the state’s digitalisation initiative would also be improved.

“This is not the end as from 2021 up to 2025, I have something (going) on. Internet is just one of it. These are all the things that we have to do in the next five years.

“If this happens, our local economy will be improved greatly as there is no other place like Mulu in the world. This is something that we have to preserve as it is a world heritage site.”