Budget 2023 calls for telco stakeholders to work together, ensuring connectivity agenda on track

Stakeholders of telecommunications companies (telco) are urged to work together to ensure that the national connectivity agenda remains on track, in line with Budget 2023’s goal of delivering faster, cheaper and better nationwide broadband to all inhabited areas by 2025. 

Edotco Group chief executive officer (CEO) Mohamed Adlan Ahmad Tajudin said the group stands ready to do its part in supporting the evolution of Malaysia’s telecommunications sector.

“Having a robust telecommunications infrastructure in place, coupled with the various cross-sector initiatives announced in Budget 2023 to improve digital literacy, will help level the playing field and ensure no one is left behind as Malaysia advances towards the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030,” he said in a statement Friday. 

Under Budget 2023, a total of RM700 million have been allocated for the National Digital Network (JENDELA) initiative for digital connectivity involving 47 industrial zones and 3,700 schools, with phase 2 to provide 100 per cent Internet coverage in populated areas by 2025.

Echoing the response, president of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh David Hägerbro noted that connectivity plays a tremendous role and lays a solid foundation for digitalisation, which is required for the nation’s regional competitiveness.

“Ericsson is committed to building a world-class 5G network for Malaysia together with Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) that leverages the latest leading technologies, artificial intelligence, and local resources. 

“This will secure a world-class customer experience, coverage, affordability, and security for consumers and enterprises,” he said. 

In the meantime, EdgePoint Infrastructure Sdn Bhd CEO Suresh Sidhu said the initiatives announced in Budget 2023 indicated the need for a more robust digital ecosystem.

“We would like to see an increased emphasis on ensuring the enterprise related 5G ecosystem can thrive in Malaysia, namely the adoption and use of Internet of Things networks, private networks and edge technology. 

“In addition, we see opportunities for public-private partnerships to adopt new ways of operating, as well as new technologies in helping to close the digital divide,” he noted.

Meanwhile, telecommunications service provider, ViewQwest Sdn Bhd, said affordable and reliable high-speed connectivity, together with world-class, scalable managed network and security services are an important part of building a strong support ecosystem that lets businesses focus on their core purpose.

Its CEO Vignesa Moorthy said that digital transformation has been a key focus area for the nation’s growth in recent years, and the company was happy to see that this will be continued under Budget 2023. 

“With the continued rollout of fibre broadband infrastructure and 5G network, combined with a positive outlook on the economy, we will be seeing many new businesses enter the market in 2023, as existing ones scale up to meet growing consumer spend,” he said. — BERNAMA