Sarawak Government to boost growth of digital economy
Posted on : 15 May 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post


KUCHING - The Sarawak State Government will further develop telecommunication and broadband infrastructure with the aim to improve services at tourist spots, manufacturing plants and commercial centres to facilitate the growth of digital economy.

This was disclosed by Sarawak Chief Minister, His Right Honourable Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who pointed out that thus far there are 1,532 communication towers had been built throughout the state.

“Last year, I have announced an initial RM1 billion to implement the digital infrastructure so that we can achieve internet coverage throughout Sarawak and increase the speed to 100Mps in urban areas and 20 to 80Mps in rural areas," he said in the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (Idecs) 2018 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on May 14.

“To date, in the telecommunication and broadband infrastructure, we have improved the connectivity to 78 per cent for 3G and 48 per cent for 4G. By the end of 2020, I am confident that we will achieve full coverage of broadband services state-wide,” he added.

“Over the next three years, more funds will be allocated to complete the 100 per cent coverage if necessary,” the Chie Minister said while disclosing on the progress of the State Government had made in their journey towards the development of digital economy in Sarawak.

According to him, among others was the overall policy of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in encouraging healthy competition and an open market environment so that the cost of building the state’s digital economy will be relatively lower.

“This should have the effect of increasing the efficiency and competitiveness of our digital economy and allow the participation of more qualified players into the digital market,” he said.

He also noted that though it may be desirous that the digital economy should create good opportunities for Sarawakian individuals or companies, it must not be done at the expense of inefficiency or higher cost of digital services.