Gobind: Govt aggressive on bringing in foreign technologies

Focusing on ways to connect the whole country with concept of quality and equality

by LYDIA NATHAN / pic by ISMAIL CHE RUS

THE government is actively wooing foreign technologies to boost and expedite the country’s broadband penetration.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo (picture) said his ministry has been in discussions with several parties that offer different technologies.

“I cannot disclose who we have spoken to. All I can say is that it’s still under serious discussion.

“Considering the fact that we have moved beyond fibre, we are looking for other measures in which we can improve on connectivity, especially in the rural areas where it is difficult to wire up,” he told reporters after attending coffee session between Lelong.my and MYNIC Bhd last week.

MYNIC is an agency under the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.

“We do not have time to wait for the whole country to get wired up…we need to try and get wired up particularly in schools because we want to ensure education across the country is improved and will continue that way,” he said.

Gobind said the government is also looking at developing a common ecosystem, with a one-stop station that could be the solution for all telecommunication needs.

He said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has also instructed all telcos to share grouses by consumers that could lead to more solutions.

“So, we are going to set key performance indicators (KPIs) for telcos to deal with these problems so (they can be)resolved. Hopefully, MCMC will come up with a checklist next week,” Gobind said.

The minister said another area that MCMC will need to come up with is KPIs on matters pertaining to compliance on digital hardware.

“That is why we are trying to streamline everything so that everyone can go to one agency under one ministry with complaints and steps that will be taken to resolve them,” he said.

Gobind said the ministry’s main focus will remain on finding ways to connect the whole country with the concept of quality and equality.

“Everyone needs to work together to play their part, the connectivity plans need to be fast and cheap. If we can achieve that, we can empower the nation and attract businesses,” he said.

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