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Government premises and e-Village Centres get internet upgrade

14 June 2024

RANAU: The State Government has allocated a total of RM43.49 million in the Sabah Budget 2024 to upgrade the internet network at 1,031 State Government premises, including e-Village Centres using fiber optic cables with a minimum speed of 300 Mbps, said the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor.

He stated that the State Government, through the Sabah Maju Jaya Development Plan, is also implementing various initiatives to strengthen and accelerate the development of digital technology infrastructure in Sabah, including expediting the implementation of the State Digital Government Strategic Plan by 2025.

He mentioned that the National Digital Connectivity Plan (JENDELA), which is still in the implementation stage, is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

For remote areas that take time to establish towers and fiber optic infrastructure, the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Sabah has chosen an alternative solution by installing Starlink devices throughout the identified areas in Sabah facing internet connectivity issues as an interim solution for those areas.

He mentioned that a total of 300 Starlink devices have been installed by Sabah Net Sdn. Bhd as the implementer, making Sabah the first state to install the highest number of Starlink devices for rural communities.

This internet service is only an interim solution until the JENDELA project is completed.

"As of May 28, 2024, the installation of Starlink has reached 100 percent, covering areas such as Tuaran, Tambunan, Ranau, Keningau, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Kuala Penyu, Tenom, Tawau, Kalabakan, Sandakan, Tongod, Pitas, Kunak, Kudat, Beluran, Telupid, Sipitang, Beaufort, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Nabawan, Sook, Papar, and Penampang," he said.

He made these remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Rural Community Internet in Kampung Terolobou, Ranau on Friday.

His speech was delivered by the State Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Masidi Manjun. Hajiji stated that with increased internet access, rural residents can access opportunities equal to those in urban areas.

He gave examples such as rural residents being able to connect via video calls, access current market prices online, learn about agriculture, livestock, fisheries, and much more through online videos, which will directly enhance their productivity.

"Rural students also benefit. They can now access educational resources through online courses and gain global knowledge that will unlock their full potential. Entrepreneurs will reach a wider market by starting online businesses to generate income and boost the economy within the community," he said.

He mentioned that one way to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas is by providing such facilities, thereby offering opportunities for all rural communities to progress.

Hajiji stated that the opening of the Rural Community Internet in Kampung Terolobou marks an important event symbolizing progress towards digital technology advancement, especially for all rural residents. This digital transformation will propel the process of digital technology change in various aspects of life involving the entire community.


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