Communications and Digital Minister, Fahmi Fadzil, is paving the way for a network-sharing future for Malaysia’s telecommunication companies. The Ministry of Communications and Digital (KKD) is hopeful that an agreement can be reached by early next month. The collaboration seeks to address the countrywide challenges related to internet access and telephone line coverage.
The minister affirmed that discussions between the KKD and the telecom companies are progressing. The conversation includes the potential shared usage of telecommunication towers. Fahmi communicated these plans to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), emphasising the need for an expedited dialogue.
He expressed his optimism saying, “By June, our efforts to establish network sharing should yield success.” Fahmi made these remarks following his participation in the Kita Madani programme in Pulau Tuba.
Sarawak was designated as the pilot state for this cooperative model. MCMC, in partnership with telecom companies, will explore network-sharing options and address the insufficient satellite dishes on telecom towers in the state.
The ministry’s ambition is to roll out this successful model nationwide, with a focus on addressing connectivity issues particularly in rural regions. Fahmi also mentioned that the MCMC is prepared to utilise its legal mandate to facilitate the formation of network partnerships between telecom companies.
According to Fahmi, a new telecom tower under construction in Pulau Tuba is slated for completion by the end of the year, a step forward in resolving internet access issues on the island.
Furthermore, Fahmi highlighted plans for the realignment of Digital Economy Centres (PEDi) throughout the nation. These new shifts and strategies are aimed at enhancing utility for the local community. This includes the appointment of a new PEDi advisor responsible for coordinating community-driven, integrated programs.
As Fahmi stated, “We may be able to provide other services at PEDi, as well as hold programmes which meet local needs and specific groups.” This development is seen as a significant step towards a digitally inclusive future for Malaysia.
This article is based on information sourced from theedgemalaysia.com.