by FAYYADH JAAFAR / Pic courtesy of Measat
PARTI Bangsa Malaysia is calling on Malaysians, especially in rural and semi-rural areas, to tap into business, social and personal growth opportunities following yesterday’s launch of the Measat-3d satellite.
Its information chief Zakaria Abdul Hamid said the Covid-19 pandemic has proven the immense potential that Internet connectivity has to offer.
“If we do not take advantage of the infrastructure made available to us, we will lose out in the global race.
“Among the areas that infrastructure like Measat-3d presents includes market access, skills upgrading, knowledge resources and personal growth. For example, a handicraft maker who used to have limited market access now has the whole world as a market, minus the middleman,” he said in a statement today.
He added that similarly, planters can learn from the Internet tips to boost their yield, while the young could pick up coding lessons.
Once Measat-3d is operational, telecommunication service providers could also utilise the satellite to offer data, voice and video services to up to 5% of the population that is not yet covered by fibre or wireless broadband connections, as offered by Measat through the CONNECTme NOW satellite broadband service.
Zakaria lauded the government’s efforts in bridging the digital divide, particularly in East Malaysia, with the launch of the satellite.
He said the launch was timely as it will help in pushing forward the government’s effort to connect the whole nation with fibre optics and other high-speed Internet services.
“As mentioned by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the RM1.2 billion satellite, Measat’s eighth and the most advanced so far, can go a long way to bridge the digital divide in Malaysia.
“By 2025, the satellite will be able to provide Internet coverage for all populated areas.
“It will also be able to improve the quality of broadband services to be as good as fibre optic networks,” he concluded.