JERANTUT – The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) will carry out a survey across the country to identify areas where broadband penetration is still low, said its minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He said this was to ensure that residents in the areas have efficient internet access and mobile telephone coverage.
He noted that there were remote areas and villages where the broadband signal is still weak, and this made it difficult for them to use mobile phones and access the internet like residents in urban areas.
“It is also one of our efforts to go to the villages so that matters that have been overlooked can be resolved,” he told reporters after making a ‘Connecting the unconnected’ working visit and launching a Mini 1Malaysia Internet Centre in Kampung Mat Daling in Ulu Tembeling, here, today.
Also present were the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman, Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie.
At the ceremony, the minister also officiated the ‘Jejak Pahlawan 3’ programme involving 30 four-wheel drives from Chukai Adventure Team from Kemaman, Terengganu.
The minister said initially KKMM will build a telecommunications tower in Kampung Mat Daling by the end of this year to improve the broadband penetration rate in the area.
He added that mobile phone signals in the area was very weak and there was difficulty getting internet connection.
“What is important now is that residents want to see when using the phone (mobile) and have a strong signal not merely 2G but also 3G signals because now people not only use the phone to talk but they also want to send pictures and use other applications on mobile phones,” he said.
Ahmad Shabery said when the tower is completed, broadband cables will be routed to the village.
“At the moment there are no telcos (telecommunications companies) keen to build a tower here due to slow returns. However, the government will provide the infrastructure and facilities,” he said.
In his speech, the minister said opening the 1Malaysia Internet centre in the village was a short-term solution for the villagers to get internet access before the telecommunications tower is completed.
At the event Shabery also presented household items such as refrigerators, stoves and televisions and personal computers and netbooks to residents of six villages namely Kampung Mat Daling, Kampung Sat, Kampung Pagi, Kampung Bantal, Kampung Gusai and Kampung Guchil. – BERNAMA