Sunday, October 27, 2013

4 to 10 Mbps broadband penetration for rural residents by 2016

In about 3 years' time, folks in the rural areas will get to enjoy up to 10 Mbps of broadband connections. For those in the urban areas, you can expect to be connected at a speed up to 300 Mbps.

Great. I hope it will become reality and not just lips service!

I read that critics are already throwing the wet blanket, saying that rural folks cannot afford this as they are already burdened with higher petrol price, lift in the sugar subsidy, etc, and that they are likely to abandon their farms for spending too much time online.

What a nonsense! Why not let the people decide for themselves what they want to do with the technology at hand. They just need to be educated, they will decide when and what to look for  online.

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Communication tower in the suburban area of Penampang. Photo by de engineur

Up to 10 Mbps broadband penetration for rural folks

Rural folks in the country would enjoy a faster broadband penetration of between four and 10 megabits per second (mbps) while urban dwellers, between 100 and 300 Mbps by 2016, said Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He was referring to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's announcement in the Budget 2014 yesterday that the government would be implementing the second phase of the high speed broadband (HSBB) initiative with the private sector involving an investment of almost RM1.8 billion, that would benefit 2.4 million households nationwide.

According to him, foundation works on the project had been already been initiated. The allocation is already there and the sites for the towers and cable installations are already identified.

"In 3 years' time we will see a different scenario in which internet connection would be much faster. In terms of broadband coverage in the country we are not too far behind developed nations with almost 70%" - Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

According to him, broadband penetration in the rural areas was presently between 1 and 2 mbps while in the urban areas, between 2 and 20 mbps.

TheGreenMechanics: Malaysians are a smartphone crazy lot. According to Nielsen, our smartphone penetration rate now stands at 80%, compared with US' 60% and UK's 72%. That is just about right for an improved broadband penetration. 

Of course there are pros and cons to all this. It is all up to us to choose what we want.


thomas said...

Hopefully because the present speed is terrible.

de engineur said...

.. and don't put the sluggish performance behind the "at best effort" curtain.