The Gov’t Plans To Give Satellite Internet Access To Rural Sarawakians By 2024

More than 600 villages will have access to satellite internet with the deployment of Jendela Phase 2.
(credit: Malay Mail)

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Having internet access is no longer a privilege nowadays; it can be considered a basic human need. So many things nowadays rely on having access to the net, and if you don’t have access to it, you are basically living your life in hard mode.

In a news report by Malay Mail, Communications and Multimedia Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, said by 2024, the federal government intends to provide full Internet connectivity throughout Sarawak. Phase 2 of the National Digital Network Plan (Jendela), which aims for satellite Internet connection in over 600 villages throughout Sarawak, might help meet the goal.

He stated that 1,400 villages nationally, including the 600 in Sarawak, have been recognised as having subpar Internet connections.

If we want to wait until all 1,400 villages to fix towers and fibre optic (for Internet access), we estimate it will take 10 years and I think the people need not wait so long.

That’s why under Phase 2 of Jendela, Internet access should be expedited by using satellite technology.

Communications and Multimedia Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa

According to Annuar, the Federal Government is willing to cover the hefty expense of deploying satellite technology to provide Internet access.

He clarified that Phase 2 of the Jendela program’s expected cost had not yet been determined.

This year, a request for the project’s tender will be made. He stated that they anticipate the implementation to start in 2023.

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