Malaysia: Cabinet approves MYR21.6bn national connectivity plan

  • The Cabinet has approved the implementation of the MYR21.6bn National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP), says the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.
  • Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the five-year plan starting 2019 will provide nationwide digital connectivity that is high quality and affordable for all Malaysians across the urban and rural divide.
  • “The NFCP’s main targets include the provision of an average speed of 30 Mbps in 98% of populated areas and gigabits availability in selected industrial areas by 2020 and all state capitals by 2023,” he said in a statement on 28 Aug 19.
  • He said the Cabinet views the NFCP, part of the nation’s preparedness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as a crucial infrastructure project and a strategic effort to enhance the economic competitiveness by bridging the digital gap.
  • Gobind lists a number of communities and sectors that would benefit from the high-speed broadband connectivity including schools, Felda community, indigenous community, small and medium enterprises, state capitals and more.
  • Gobind said it will be financed through the provision of the Universal Service Provision (USP) Fund, regulated by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), and commercially by the service provider.
  • The Puchong MP said NFCP projects will ensure equal access to the internet for both urban and rural residents and benefit those who otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in the digital economy.
  • He said a special task force chaired by the Ministry and comprising related agencies will be set up to coordinate the construction of digital infrastructure in schools, police stations, hospitals and libraries.
  • He added that the NFCP project is expected to be launched in mid-Sep 19.

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