Measat’s CONNECTme NOW enhances rural broadband connectivity

By SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / Pic source Measat twitter

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd continues to support Malaysia’s national broadband aspirations via its CONNECTme NOW, a high-speed satellite broadband service that provides Internet access to communities in rural and remote areas not covered by 4G or fibre connectivity. 

The satellite operator aims to increase its service to cover 300,000 users at 3,000 sites and focus on connecting the unconnected in Malaysia. 

Measat COO Yau Chyong Lim (picture) said the company has installed more than 2,000 CONNECTme NOW sites to date, including 1,183 sites in Sarawak and 243 in Sabah, to serve over 200,000 broadband connections nationwide. 

He said the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that Internet access is no longer a luxury but a necessity for all Malaysians. 

“With education, economic activity and social interactions moved into online spaces, stable and accessible Internet connectivity is a must, which in turn motivates us to overcome the logistical challenges of providing truly inclusive broad-band service. 

“Our dedicated team has soldiered on, mobilising on-ground support to ensure that we continued going into hard-to-reach locations to provide Internet connectivity,” Yau said in a virtual media briefing yesterday. 

Measat targets to provide 300,000 connections by year-end under the CONNECTme NOW service. 

The new service is in line with the Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela) initiative and the CONNECTme NOW would advance technology and meet people’s needs in the interior areas. 

“It’s about humanising technology, which we feel is critical in achieving the goals of Malaysia’s Jendela initiative,” Yau said. 

Measat associate VP Ganendra Selvaraj said the company has worked with the Sabah Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to expand deployment of the CONNECTme NOW service in 50 remote locations across the state. 

“We sponsored broadband data offered through our CONNECTme NOW service at vaccination centres in the Kota Kinabalu region, serving remote communities, covering close to 2,000 people,” Ganendra said. 

Measat is planning to launch MEASAT- 3d in early 2022, its latest satellite, which will address internet connectivity needs for 100% of the unserved population when in operation. 

The company aims to expand its service and technology to neighbouring countries, connecting their unconnected populations following the success of CONNECTme NOW domestically.