Tuesday, September 29

Carnival raises awareness of broadband and ICT usage

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KUCHING: The ‘1Malaysia Broadband Carnival’ held at Padang Merdeka yesterday aimed to raise awareness on the usage of broadband and ICT applications in Sarawak.

FUN FOR ALL: Children line up for balloons from a clown at the carnival.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud graced the event and visited the booths.

According to a press statement from the organisers, the carnival is one of the key activities organised within the ‘National Broadband Awareness and Promotions Programme’ launched in June.

Among its objectives is to reach out to students, parents, rural folks and small medium enterprises (SMEs) in suburban and rural areas.

It is also to attract broadband subscriptions in order to reach the government’s target of 50 per cent household broadband penetration by end of this year.

During the carnival, visitors took part in online games such as Fifa Online 2, Star Craft 2, Dragonica, anime showcases and e-learning services.

Those scouting for broadband and internet services and information were spoilt for choice       with booths from TM, Maxis, Celcom, Digi, U-Mobile, internet service providers, content developers, ICT businesses and IT related government agencies.

The carnival educated the public on best practices in internet usage and the implications of internet misuse and exposed them to the latest device for Internet access, application and local creative content.

The event was organised in conjunction with National Broadband Awareness and Promotions Programme by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture (KPKK) and Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) which ends today (Oct 31).