by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / photo by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
The National Digital Network (Jendela) initiative aims to connect fiber optics to an additional 929,631 premises and 1,661 new communication towers in rural areas next year, according to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
For this year, the Jendela initiative aims to connect optical fiber to 1.24 million premises, upgrading 12,499 existing transmitting stations to support 4G technology and coverage.
In addition, the initiative also includes the construction of 193 new communications towers for commercial use and the termination of the 3G network and the transfer of spectrum for 4G technology and increasing the speed service.
“For the less populated areas, the installation and provision of satellite broadband access services will also be implemented at 839 sites to increase Internet coverage.
“Implemented in eight states – Johor, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak – the service which is expected to be completed by October 2021, will serve as a short-term solution,” he said. stated in a press release. .
In the past 10 months, two Jendela quarterly reports, which detailed the latest developments and progress of the initiative, while the third quarterly is scheduled for June 30, 2021, MCMC said.
“According to the first quarterly report, a total of 456,757 premises are covered by Internet connectivity compared to the initial target of 352,101 premises.
“In addition, a total of 876 new sites have been set up against the target of 940, while a total of 16,367 existing towers have been upgraded against the original target of 16,214,” said he declared.
The MCMC said it was aware that there were still complaints about internet connectivity, especially since the execution of the movement control order.
“For complaints that can be resolved by temporary measures, they will be dealt with immediately.
“Meanwhile, for complaints that cannot be resolved with short-term solutions, an explanation will be given to help the complainant understand the planning provided,” he said.