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Internet connectivity in Sabah to be improved

Datuk Siringan Gubat
Datuk Siringan Gubat

KOTA KINABALU: Some 440 locations have been upgraded to 3G zone; with 1,200 wifi communities launched in Sabah to increase internet outreach in the state.

The 1Malaysia People’s Cable System Project (SKR1M) involving the construction of underwater cable connection from Kota Kinabalu to Cherating Pahang will improve broadband speed between Sabah and the Peninsular upon its expected completion in the second quarter of 2017.

Sabah Minister of Resource Development and IT Technology, Datuk Siringan Gubat, was speaking during the Budget 2016 debate at the DUN Assembly for the third term meeting, answering Datuk Dr. Jeffrey G. Kitingan (STAR-Bingkor) on the government’s plan to improve internet service in Sabah, and the free internet service that is provided in Pulau Pinang and Selangor.

“Free internet service in Pulau Pinang and Selangor is the initiative of their respective state government, and Sabah did provide similar service via its Connected City KK in 2010,” he said.

He also said the construction of the BIMP-EAGA optic fibres which is an undersea cable covering BIMP-EAGA region (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines East Asean Growth Area) is also being carried out by private sectors.

“When the cable is completed, internet connectivity in Sabah will be better than its neighbouring countries, and the fee rate will be cheaper,” he added.

Siringan was speaking to answer the additional question by Bingkor ADUN who inquired whether the improvement includes the interior region of Sabah. -SayangSabah


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