KUALA LUMPUR – The government has set up 5,716 wifi communities nationwide that benefited 622,852 residents up to last April 30, said Deputy Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari.
He said the establishment of wifi communities, previously known as wireless villages, aimed to provide initial awareness on the internet to rural communities.
“It is also to encourage better broadband subscription through offers that are available in the country to provide the best broadband to rural people,” he said when replying to Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Raheem (BN-Baling) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here Thursday.
Abdul Azeez wanted the ministry to elaborate on the measures taken to upgrade the status of villages in the rural areas to wifi villages as there were still many rural villages that hoped for the facility.
Jailani said the government had not forgotten rural residents and had expanded the broadband project through the 1Malaysia Internet Centre programme and Suburb broadband project programme (SUBB).
Through this project, the goverment would add or upgrade the main exchanges to provide up to 20 mega bytes per second, he said.
Meanwhile replying to a supplementary question from Abdul Azeez on the upgrading of internet access capacity in Baling parliamentary constituency, Jailani said for that purpose, the ministry had built another seven telecommunication towers, six 1Malaysia internet centres and several ongoing programmes to ensure it could get the best internet access. – BERNAMA