Govt To Look At Measures To Upgrade Dilapidated PI1Ms Nationwide

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 – The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is looking at measures to upgrade the government-built 1Malaysia Internet Centres (PI1Ms) across the country that are either in a state of disrepair or are no longer functioning.

Minister Gobind Singh Deo said this move was to enable the objective of increasing the use of the Internet to build a knowledge-based society.

“I have received complaints about Internet centres that have been shut down and in the last two months I have requested that this issue be reviewed again so that this programme can benefit the community,” he said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

He was replying to a supplementary question from Su Keong Siong (DAP-Kampar) on several PI1Ms that were not properly maintained, or had been shut down.

Earlier, Gobind said currently a total of 860 PI1Ms have been established and are fully operational nationwide.

Meanwhile, Gobind said the government was also actively implementing the Sub-Urban Broadband (SUBB) and Rural Broadband (RBB) projects under fixed broadband expansion initiative to provide broadband infrastructure that capable of delivering broadband capacity of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps).

He said currently a total of 9,552 connections have been completed in Sarawak, while 16,056 were still in the implementation stage.

“The cellular and mobile broadband expansion initiatives are also being implemented which involve the construction of new telecommunication towers and upgrades of existing ones,” he said.

He was responding to a question from Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (PRS-Kanowit) who wanted to know whether the Pakatan Harapan government was still implementing the policy and development plans for Sarawak telecommunications services in line with the state’s policy and aspiration to develop its digital economy programme.

Gobind said currently a total 412 new telecommunications towers had been completed and in operation, while another 57 towers were in the implementation stage in Sarawak.

He also said 1,058 existing towers in the state have also been upgraded to 4G service, while another 131 towers were still undergoing the upgrading process.

“With the construction of new towers and upgrades of existing ones to 3G and 4G services, people will enjoy faster and stable Internet services of up to 100 Mbps,” he said. — Bernama

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