Sarawak’s Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, is on a mission to upgrade the state's Internet connectivity within the next five years
The state government has invested RM1 billion into the upgrade. Abang Johari is also hoping that the federal government would allocate the same amount for the purpose.
The upgrade - which aims to provide high-speed connectivity up to two terabits per second or 2,000Gbps - will help improve the economy, especially in rural areas
He also said the present connectivity of 100Mbps in Kuching and 20Mbps for rural areas was not sufficient if Sarawak were to venture into the digital economy
“Therefore, we have to go towards this sort of era because the success of the future will be based on technology and you are going to produce entrepreneurs who can command technology," he commented.
Aside from requesting for federal funding, Abang Johari's administration will come out with its own financial models by setting up other projects
“We understand that in the Federal Constitution, the federal government has an obligation towards Sarawak. Secondly, they are also facing constraints in certain sectors related to strategic industries,” he said, adding that the state must have its own funding for strategic projects.
Speaking of which, the government recently announced that it plans to increase Internet speeds and reduce the price by half in two years time: