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Positive steps to increase Internet penetration: Pang
Published on: Saturday, November 22, 2014

TAWAU: The Government is taking positive steps to increase the penetration and capability of Internet connection to bridge the gap between the West and East Coast of Malaysia as well as Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming.

He said the Government was aware about the importance of Internet services which also contributed to the State development in terms of information accessibility, including for the State's tourism industry.

"Information is now at our fingertips and it is important for us to be provided with good connection of Internet but what we are experiencing in Sabah, our connection is not so good because of the lack of Internet penetration.

"So, the Government has to take serious action for better quality and networking for small and medium industry and for individual by providing good Internet penetration," he said.

"We must draw an example from other countries such as Vietnam which saw almost all premises or even small shops offering free Internet connection for customers which showed the country has a good Internet connection," he said.


He hoped the project to increase the Internet link for Sabah and Sarawak will be implemented as soon as possible for the benefit of both states.

"Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) awarded a tender for the project last August and we look forward to the project being implemented as soon as possible," he said.

Pang said this at a press conference after witnessing the signing ceremony for the provision of Internet Protocol Virtual Network (IPVPN) Solution between Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Teck Guan Group (TGC) at Hotel Emas, here, Friday.

TM Sabah General Manager Sukkuriya Masri and Assistant General Manager (Small and Medium Entrepreneur) Mohd Sainal Mohd Amin signed the Service Agreement on behalf of TM, while TGC was represented by its Director Ng Leong Yen and Company Secretary Chan Kin Dak.


According to Sukkuriya, under the agreement, TGC will be able to enjoy stable, secured connectivity and courtesy of TM with the speed of 4Mbps at its main office, 1Mbps Digitaline II for respective TGC trading offices in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Lahad Datu and 1Mbps ADSL for respective TGC branch offices, namely Cocoa Paramount in Tawau, Teck Guan Tawau, Teck Guan Steel in Tawau and Teck Guan Export in Tanjung Batu, Tawau.

He said TGC has become TM's first customer in Sabah to receive 4Mbps private network. "The collaboration established today also reflects our commitment in preparing Malaysian businesses for a paradigm shift, especially those in SME industry.

This is in line with our 'Business Made Easier' aspiration to become the preferred communication and complete solutions partner to SME's in Malaysia," he said.

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