‘MCMC invested RM1.5b on telco infrastructure in state since 2008’

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MALAYSIAN Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) invested RM1.5 billion in upgrading telecommunication (telco) infrastructure in Sarawak between 2008 and this year.

Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the investment included erecting 203 telco towers to provide cellular coverage in the rural areas and 149 telco towers that were still in the works.

Delivering his winding-up speech yesterday, he said the government was aware of the problems faced by WiFi Community projects in Jemoreng, Pantai Damai, Beting Maro, Ngemah and Semop.

“For the time being, 761 WiFi Community projects have been implemented in Sarawak, but a lot of them are not functioning. The state government has requested MCMC to either reactivate or upgrade the existing WiFi Community services.”

Awang Tengah also noted that 124 completed telco towers were not in operation.

“This is the problem faced by the service provider. We have requested MCMC to take immediate action so that all telco towers operate as expected.”

On broadband services, he said Sarawak enjoyed 78.3 per cent coverage in rural areas and this was expected to increase in the future.

He added that cellular coverage penetration in populated areas was 85 per cent, up to the second quarter of this year.