The Jalinan Digital Negara (JENDELA) has won the international award, World Summit on the Information Society Prizes 2023 (WSIS Prizes 2023) for C2 category – Information and communication infrastructure: an essential foundation for an inclusive information society, organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland, 14th March 2023.
Minister of Communications and Digital, Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil said, this is the world’s recognition to Malaysia in realising the aspiration to ensure the interconnectivity coverage and the Internet service provider for the Malaysians are of high quality.
Ahmad Fahmi added, the JENDELA initiative covers two phases that started in September 2020 with the first being implemented in 2020-2022 that have shown an encouraging achievement.
“The achievements as of fourth quarter of 2022 are as follows: 7.74 million premises have the ready optic fiber interconnectivity that has surpassed the target of 7.5 million premises; the speed of the mobile broadband at the average rate of 116.03 Mbps above the targeted speed of 35 Mbps to be achieved at the end of 2022.
“The 4G coverage in the populated areas have been expanded until 96.92 per cent surpassing the target of 96.9 per cent; 839 Orang Asli community in the remote areas have access to Internet via satellite in Sarawak, Sabah, Orang Asli Village and several areas in Peninsular Malaysia.
“The implementation of 5G that was originally planned under JENDELA Phase 2 (2023-2025) had been made earlier in Phase 1 that was at the end of 2021.
“The implementation of 5G managed by Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) is on the correct track and as of February 2023, 4,363 5G platforms have been built nationwide. With that total, the 5G network have reached 54.7 per cent population in the populated areas with the target of 80 per cent in populated areas towards the end of 2023,” Ahmad Fahmi said in the press conference here today.
The minister also highlighted that with the 97 per cent Internet reach in the populated areas, the government will continue its efforts to ensure the Internet service provided by overseeing the potholes to increase the Quality Standard and Experience Quality (Qos and QoE) such as on highways, inside buildings and in stadium.
Meanwhile, the remaining three per cent of the populated areas will be the main focus of JENDELA in Phase 2 (2023-2025) including the provision of fiber optic extensions to 9 million premises nationwide could be achieved by the end of 2025. –Malaysia World News