Measat: Satellite to broaden connectivity in rural Sarawak

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Measat is connecting the rural folk in Sarawak with over 50,000 broadband connections and over 10,000 in Sabah, empowering rural communities to be part of the digital economy.

KUCHING: MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd (Measat) is leveraging on its unique satelite services to serve as a rural broadband service provider — including in Sarawak — through its CONNECTme NOW satellite broadband service.

CONNECTme NOW is Measat’s 30Mbps high-speed WiFi Hotspot service leveraging on its innovative satellite broadband system. CONNECTme NOW hotspots are being deployed nationwide through a network ecosystem of distributors and authorised agents.

According to Measat chief operating officer Yau Chyong Lim, CONNECTme NOW is rapidly connecting the public with 100,000 broadband connections nationwide.

Today, Measat is connecting the unconnected rakyat in Sarawak with over 50,000 broadband connections and over 10,000 in Sabah, empowering rural communities to be part of the digital economy,” he told The Borneo Post in an interview.

“The numbers of those being connected are rapidly growing as we speak. In fact, we have just reached our milestone of connecting 1,000 sites nationwide.”

Measat is a Malaysian incorporated company and a telecommunications licensee under the purview of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (MCMC). Since 1996, the firm has been providing premium satellite solutions to customers within Malaysia and across the Asia-Pacific region.

To date, it has invested over RM7.6 billion in satellites and ground infrastructure, to create an internationally recognised organization with coverage over 150 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Australia, representing 80 per cent of the world’s population.

Today, Measat-3, Measat-3a and Measat-3b satellites co-located at 91.5°E support close to 20 million subscribers across South East Asia and India.

Soon, the Measat fleet will be further strengthened with the addition of MEASAT-3d at 91.5°E in 2022 which will enable 100 per cent high-speed broadband coverage throughout Malaysia and serve the growth requirements of Malaysian 4G and 5G mobile networks; increase video distribution capacity across the Asia Pacific region; and provide unrivalled in-orbit satellite redundancy for the region.

Measat’s associate vice president (sales) Ganendra Selvaraj added that living remotely does not mean you have to forgo connectivity.

“Especially now with the Covid-19 pandemic, the gap between those with and without good Internet connectivity severely impacts our “new norm” lifestyle,” he added.

“This pandemic further reinforces the importance of good quality Internet services as the Rakyat livelihood are deeply dependent on Internet connection to enable their daily activities, such as working from home, online classes, online business, healthcare and to stay in touch with their families living out of state or remotely.”