Telecommunication facilities at Samalaju to be upgraded

Screengrab of Recoda’s online meeting with representatives of MCMC, SMA and telecommunication firms.

KUCHING: Plans are afoot to upgrade the telecommunication facilities at the Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu this year.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) director Adiman Ajem and Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager Dr Zaidi Razak shared this good news with Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) chief executive officer Datuk Ismawi Ismuni on Friday (June 18).

Earlier, Recoda on Friday (June 18)   had an online meeting with MCMC, SMA and several telcos to discuss what would be done to beef up the telecommunication facilities at the park.

The virtual engagement was initiated following a recent meeting between Recoda and industries at the park which, among others, brought up the need for a faster broadband internet speed.

Ismawi hoped that the telecommunication upgrade could be expedited to facilitate the industries within the industrial park.

“We are now in a new normal, where everything is dependent on internet connections,” he said. 

Also joining the meeting were representatives from telecommunication firms, namely Sacofa, Telekom Malaysia, Digi Telecommunications, Maxis Communications, Celcom Axiata and U Mobile.

The park, which is managed by Recoda, covers an area of 8,000 ha dedicated to energy intensive industries. The industrial park is about 60km away from Bintulu town.

Since its launch in 2008, the park has been a hub for heavy and energy intensive industries such as priority industries in steel, aluminium, glass as well as oil and gas.

Recoda is tasked with implementing socio-economic and infrastructure projects in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

The statutory body also promotes and facilitates investments to SCORE as well as create job opportunities for Sarawakians.