Improving the Internet service while keeping costs low


Salleh Said Keruak

I have asked my Ministry to put special emphasis and to focus on infrastructure development to expand the Internet penetration and coverage all over Malaysia. The government is working to upgrade Internet access for more people in the rural areas and not just in the urban areas.

We are not only concerned over the issue of Internet speed, which has become an issue of debate of late, but also its affordability. And of course, apart from that, we are also looking at the issue of coverage to ensure that more people get access to the Internet.

We do not want the Internet to be enjoyed only by people in the urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang but also by the communities in the interior and the islands of Sabah and Sarawak as well. As I had said last month, we want to ensure that by 2020 at least 95% of Malaysians will have access to the Internet and that at least 50% of the urban areas and 20% of the rural areas have broadband speeds of 100 Mbps.