‘Household broadband penetration exceeds 54 pct’

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CYBERJAYA: The household broadband penetration in the country has risen meteorically to more than 54 per cent from 31.7 per cent at the end of last year, said Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang.
He said mobile cellular subscriptions are now around 110 per cent while some 17 million Malaysians are subscribing to the internet.

Malaysia is among the world’s highest in social networking, he said.

“All these demonstrate the appetite and capacity of Malaysians to embrace
trends and offerings of information and communications technology (ICT) and the potential for us to go to greater heights in this area,” he said when opening
the Lifestyle and Digital Home Technology symposium here.
The latest rate of household broadband penetration has surpassed the 50 per
cent of the target set for year-end and is targeted to clinch 75 per cent by
2015.

Salang said industry players should look at the opportunities of expanding
on their current services to incorporate digital home services.

The manufacturers, especially small and medium enterprises engaged in the
ICT electronics field should explore the opportunities for them, while
the research and academic institutions should play their rightful role in
this sector, he said.

On the part of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, the
deputy minister said the commission would ensure that all aspects under its
jurisdiction were attended to in moving forward the digital home agenda, he
added. – Bernama