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Internet access issue to be resolved by June, says Fahmi

The communications and digital minister says discussions will be held with telecommunication companies to find appropriate solutions.

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Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil speaks in Shah Alam, March 6. Photo: Bernama
Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil speaks in Shah Alam, March 6. Photo: Bernama

The issue of internet access in the country, especially in rural areas, will be resolved by June this year, says Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil.

He said the communications and digital ministry, through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), would hold discussions with telecommunications companies to identify appropriate solutions.

He added that issues related to internet access could be resolved almost completely if telecommunications companies worked together, such as through the sharing of telecommunication towers.

"What I stressed to the MCMC is, if possible by this June, the problem of network sharing and quality (of internet access) will be resolved.

"In my discussions with telecommunications companies before this, they expressed their willingness to cooperate. Maybe they need some time (for discussions) between them," he said in Shah Alam last night.

He said internet access could not be measured only by the number of telecommunication towers in an area but should also be seen according to the conditions and geography, especially the 3% of populated areas which still lack internet coverage.

"We will strive for broadband wireless access, which will use technology such as satellites. Perhaps we will look into wide space TV and some other technologies which will help provide access," he said.

Fahmi also said that his ministry was examining the need to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 to keep pace with current digital developments.

He said the act was enacted a long time ago, and that his ministry would look into several things.

"This is not the place for me to say (about the amendment) in detail... Because it is an old (law), (it is necessary) to take into account the changes which are happening in the digital world now."