Smartsel enhances connectivity in Kuala Selangor

SDN Node1 is a key milestone for the state to bring accessible and affordable Internet connectivity to rural and underserved areas

By TMR

SMARTSEL Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mentri Besar Selangor Inc (MBI), has officially launched their connectivity services to Kuala Selangor and INPENS International College.

The launch was officiated by Selangor State executive councillor (exco) on Infrastructure and Public Facilities, Agricultural Modernisation and Agro-based Industry Ir Izham Hashim.

He was accompanied by MBI CEO Raja Shahreen Raja Othman and Smartsel MD Mohamad Suhaimi Mohamad Tahir.

The launch of the Smartsel Digital Network (SDN) Node1 at INPENS in Kuala Selangor is a key milestone for the state to bring accessible and affordable high-speed connectivity to rural and underserved areas.

The first SDN Node, Node0, was established in MBI’s own building at Bangunan Darul Ehsan in Shah Alam where the SDN is connected to multiple international gateways.

The building also houses Smartsel’s network operating centre. From it, the SDN network will be able to serve affordable, high-speed Internet to areas in Shah Alam and the rest of Selangor where other Nodes or point-of-presence will be established.

Node1 was developed in INPENS, which will enable the institute to utilise the latest digital technology to further enhance the students’ experience during their course.

The Node1 also enables higher-speed for WiFi Smart Selangor free hotspots to be installed at strategic tourist locations and public areas surrounding Kuala Selangor.

In his officiating speech, Izham said: “The Selangor state government believes that education is equal when the connectivity is equal. This initiative serves to enhance the learning experience in INPENS, while also opens up more opportunities for industrial technology collaborations and spurs more innovations, and research and development.

“Furthermore, surrounding industries in Kuala Selangor such as the local authorities, tourism, agriculture, mining, fisheries, small businesses and residents will benefit from the high-speed Internet connectivity.”

Smartsel recently obtained the network facility provider and network services provider licences from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on Aug 8, 2019.

With these licences, Smartsel can move forward with the development of the state’s digital network and complementing the role of telecommunications industry players to improve access and speed, while reducing the cost of broadband services in Selangor.

Smartsel’s mission, with the support of the Selangor state, is to address the digital divide by facilitating the provision of affordable and accessible high-speed Internet connectivity to the underserved and rural areas through the SDN, thus enabling Selangor to become a Smart State by 2025.

During the SDN Node1 launch, INPENS signed a memorandum of understanding with Daikin Malaysia Sdn Bhd and New Hoong Fatt Holdings Bhd, and a collaborative agreement with Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn Bhd.

The objective of the agreements is to increase INPENS educational development through the sharing of expertise and technology by exposing INPENS’ lecturers and students to the latest industry technology, establishing a training centre that can supply skilled resources according to industry requirements and promoting INPENS as a professionally relevant and industry-recognised institution.