Gobind: Ministry to widen broadband access in Sandakan

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR

THE Communications and Multimedia Ministry will ensure that access to broadband is widened in Sandakan, although service availability in terms of coverage area and fixed lines provided by telecommunications companies is already high.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo (picture) said for the Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) unifi fixed-line broadband, 16,000 lines have been provided, but so far only 6,846 lines were used; while for TM Streamyx broadband, 29,929 lines have been provided, but only 28.5% were used.

He said 3G network services in this district have reached 95.6%, while LTE 4G has 77.8%.

“Although the figures given to me show that broadband connectivity in Sandakan is quite high, there are still complaints that certain areas do not have unifi and Internet services at all.

“So, I have accepted all complaints and extended them to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and hope that they will look into this matter soon,” Gobind told reporters after he

and Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong appeared as guests at a dialogue organised by Elopura DAP in Sandakan yesterday.

He said this commitment is in line with the government’s efforts to expand the broadband service infrastructure throughout the country, especially through the implementation of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan.

“This means we will go to every state and focus on this matter, and we will create a complaints division under MCMC to take reports from the people.

“This is especially to identify problems on connectivity in states,” he said.

On the Sandakan parliamentary by-election, Gobind said although DAP had been getting encouraging support throughout the campaign, the party needs to work hard to hear out the people and solve their problems.

He hopes that campaigning in Sandakan will proceed smoothly and that all candidates including those from DAP will use their own approaches to win the support of voters. — Bernama