Malaysia came in second among 26 nations with resource and efficiency-driven economies in the Connectivity Scorecard 2013, thanks to its wide broadband penetration.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia surpassed Asean countries including Thailand (13), Vietnam(14), Philippines (18) and Indonesia (20) in broadband penetration.
Singapore is ranked under another grouping for innovation-driven economies.
“This global ICT Index is the first of its kind to rank countries, not only on their development of ICT infrastructure but also to measure the extent in which governments, businesses and consumers make use of connectivity technologies to enhance social and economic prosperity,” he said.
Malaysian budget outlines funding for second phase of HSBB project
As part of its 2014 budget, Malaysia’s government has revealed that a total of MYR3.4 billion (USD966 million) will be allocated for the next phase of the country’s high speed broadband (HSBB) project. According to the Star Online, of that total MYR1.8 billion will be invested in the expansion of coverage in urban areas, with such work expected to benefit around 2.8 million households. A further MYR1.6 billion will, meanwhile, will be spent on expanding HSBB services, which are being rolled out by fixed line incumbent Telekom Malaysia™, to around two million consumers in suburban areas.
TM committed to reaching out to Internet users in Sabah, Sarawak
Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is committed to expand its broadband services and provide more bandwidth especially to urban, sub-urban and rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak. Its group chief executive officer Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said “The establishment of the submarine cable network to serve the bandwidth capacity requirements of Internet users in Sabah and Sarawak is much welcomed in anticipation of increasing future capacity requirements and the ever-growing data needs.
Broadband project to benefit suburban users
Internet users in the suburban areas are expected to enjoy faster Internet service than ever before with the implementation of the second phase of High Speed Broadband project announced by the government in the 2014 Budget. Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said slow Internet service, as well as connection issue, were among the problems expected to be resolved with the implementation of the project.
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