Abang Johari Openg, Mcmc, Sarawak, Sma

Abang Johari Openg, Mcmc

Frustrated with existing providers, Sarawak now wants to set up its own telco

According to the Sarawak CM, the move to set up a telco was due to reluctance of existing players to expand coverage in rural areas.

27/11/2020 2:30:00 AM

According to the Sarawak CM, the move to set up a telco was due to reluctance of existing players to expand coverage in rural areas.

According to the Sarawak CM, the move to set up a telco was due to reluctance of existing players to expand coverage in rural areas.

Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, has revealed plans by the state government to establish its own telecommunications company. He said that the decision was made by the state cabinet last week as existing telcos are reluctant to expand its internet services into rural areas of Sarawak which are deemed as not profitable.

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During an interview with state-ownedTV Sarawak, Abang Johari said the solution is for the state to have its own telco and they will subsidise the service to keep the cost low for users. The new state-owned telco is expected to be established within the next two years.

The largest state in Malaysia currently has its own initiative to improve coverage in rural areas. The Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) has been allocated RM795 million to buildin the state under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022.Malaysia’s first MOCN tower in Luban Ulu, Betong. headtopics.com

Last month, SMA had announced thefirst towerin Malaysia that uses a Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) implementation which allows Celcom, Maxis, Digi and U Mobile to share infrastructure in a cost effective manner. The tower erected at Luban Ulu in Betong provides 3G and 4G network coverage with a 3km radius to address weak and intermittent coverage issues faced by the local community.

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