PUTRAJAYA – Putrajaya has achieved 100 per cent broadband penetration through fixed fibre as well 2G, 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) wireless coverage, saId Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Communications and Digital Ecosystem Sector chief officer Datuk Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus.
He said this was based on an assessment done by MCMC last year.
“This achievement has not only gone beyond the target set under the 11th Malaysia Plan of having 95 per cent nationwide broadband coverage by 2020, but it has been achieved three years early.
“This is the result of the Smart Putrajaya initiative commenced in 2016, which has not only enhanced broadband coverage, but also improved the quality of broadband services in Putrajaya,” he said in his speech during the prize giving ceremony for a digital school magazine (e-magazine) development programme at SMK Putrajaya Presint 14(1) here, today.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Mohd Ali Hanafiah said with the 100 per cent coverage, residents of Putrajaya now had the choice to subscribe to whichever fixed or wireless broadband service they preferred.
On the e-magazine programme, Mohd Ali Hanafiah said it was part of MCMC’s Smart Community initiative which encouraged primary and secondary students to expand their creativity and innovation to produce digital content.
The programme also encourages a paperless culture, saving costs, as the magazines are only printed for Form Five students, while others access them online.
It has been initiated in Kemaman, Terengganu; Kota Belud, Sabah; Lundu, Sarawak; and Putrajaya.
For 2016 and 2017, a total of 91 schools participated in the programme, and it would be expanded to 500 schools throughout the country this year, said Mohd Ali Hanafiah.
He added that MCMC had collaborated with the National Book Council of Malaysia and respective State Education Departments to implement the programme.
At today’s prize giving ceremony, SMK Putrajaya Presint 14(1) received RM3,000 in cash, as well as a trophy and certificate for the best high school e-magazine. – BERNAMA