MEASAT-3d satellite to provide 100 per cent internet coverage nationwide by 2025, Minister Annuar Musa

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KUALA LUMPUR JUNE 23: The launching of MEASAT-3d satellite in French Guiana, South America at 6.50pm local time, 22nd June (5.50am 23rd June Malaysian time) and the first telemetry from MEASAT received at 6.41am was the sign that the launch had been successful.

Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said, the success was very significant for Malaysia as it will realize the possibility of coverage reaching 100 per cent in all populated areas by 2025.

Anuar said, the success of the satellite launch has also enabled the broadband services quality to be elevated in remote areas to the speed level like the optical fibre network in the cities.

“This development is also very important in the effort towards MyDIGITAL success and subsequently equipped the programme under National Digital Network Plan (JENDELA).

“Under the JENDELA Phase One programme, we expect the 4G coverage will reach 96.9 per cent that connects the populated areas. However 3.1 per cent are uneconomic areas and could only be connected using fixed wireless access (FWA) and satellite,” Annuar said to the media after the MEASAT-3d launching observation event here early this morning.

Annuar emphasized that the satellite technology currently will give the broadband capacity and low speed with majority less than 10 megabit per second (Mbps) that is only three to five Mbps but the MEASAT-3d satellite has the capacity to offer broadband services in the remote areas between 30 Mbps until 100 Mbps.

“I hope with the launch of MEASAT-3d will enhance the high speed level of Internet coverage in the remote areas that have no connectivity to reach 100 per cent Internet interconnectivity and subsequently enable the Malaysian Family to enjoy Internet facility better,” Annuar reitrerated.

Responding to the question that only two telecommunication companies have signed the agreement for the government 5G Plan, Annuar said, all telecommunication companies do not want to be left behind with the latest technology , and nobody can force them to sign the agreement.

“The government will issue licenses to new companies if no other telecommunication companies want to sign up. However the deadline is not over yet and let them negotiate as the government tries its best to be fair with them,” Annuar said. – Malaysia World News

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