Salleh: Putrajaya Target 95% Internet Coverage On Rural Areas By 2020

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PUTRAJAYA, Dec 21 – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said on Saturday that the Putrajaya is targeting 95% Internet coverage with the focus on rural areas by 2020. In his latest blog posting Saturday, he wrote that the ministry was working towards improving the country’s Internet penetration, which included 55% high-speed Internet.

“Improving the services was among my top priority as I was not satisfied with the current speed based on the latest State of the Internet report from Akamai Technologies.Meanwhile, I also target for improvement would include, not only the coverage and connection speed, but also costs to the consumers,” said Salleh.

“Affordability is a crucial factor. It is no use developing the Internet service and offering more coverage and better speed if the cost is beyond the reach of the consumers. So price will be very much a factor in our planning. I have asked my officers to come back with some details and until I can see these details, I will not be able to give a time frame as to when all this can be completed,” he said.

Malaysia at an average connection speed of 4.9 Mbps was ranked 73 in a global survey from July to September this year. Based on traffic data in recent reports from Ericsson, in Malaysia about 87% of Internet users already stream videos on a regular basis and this figure is expected to increase by next year.

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