Thursday, August 22

800,000 1Malaysia laptop distributed

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PUTRAJAYA: Some 800,000 units of 1Malaysia laptop computers were distributed nationwide until November as part of government efforts to improve broadband service subscription in rural areas.

Secretary-General of Ministry of Information Communications and Culture, Datuk Seri Kamaruddin Siaraf said 1,408 Wireless Kampungs and 251 Community Broadband Centres (CBC) were also established.

“As of last September, there were 1,700 new locations for CBC and Rural Wireless Tower,” he said when opening Information Communication Technology (ICT) Day at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here Monday.

Via Entry Point Project 8 (EPP 8-Extending Reach), the government hopes to increase broadband subscription in rural areas to 90 percent households by 2020.

The implementation of broadband initiatives and online government services (EPP6-Deepening of E-Government) would help achieve 90 percent online services by 2015.

“As of September, 41 per cent of government services could be obtained online,” said Kamaruddin.

Last year, 35,000 hours of analog content was digitised by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), National Film Development Corporation (Finas), National Archives and Filem Negara Malaysia.– BERNAMA