Sabah's populated-area 4G coverage increased to 88.06%, state assembly told

Sabah's populated-area 4G coverage increased to 88.06%, state assembly told
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KOTA KINABALU (Nov 29): The 4G coverage in populated areas of Sabah had increased to 88.06% as of the first quarter of 2022, from 73.41% in the second quarter of 2020 prior to the implementation of the National Digital Network Plan (Jendela), the Sabah state assembly was told on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Sabah Assistant Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Ruddy Awah said for the construction of towers, 154 of the 611 that were planned had been built as of the third quarter of this year, while 3,810 towers had been upgraded to 4G services out of the planned 3,984.

"For the fixed line broadband service expansion initiative, a total of 134,116 out of 251,165 premises have been provided with gigabit speed fibre optic connections.

"The government has also implemented 138 satellite broadband projects that were scheduled to be fully operational by April 2022 to ensure fast and smooth internet access in rural and interior areas," he said in response to an oral question from Jannie Lasimbang (DAP-Kapayan) on the upgrading of telecommunications services in the state. 

Ruddy said the implementation of projects under Phase 1 of Jendela, which started in September 2020, is expected to be completed in stages by year end.

He said satellite technology internet facilities or very small aperture terminals (VSATs) were also installed by his ministry at 24 locations under the Jendela programme.

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia had also approved the installation of 300 VSAT networks next year, he said, adding that this proves the close relationship between the federal and state ministries in ensuring internet connectivity, including strengthening of Sabah's digital infrastructure.

Meanwhile, State Minister of Special Functions and Coordination Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif said the government had allocated a total of RM248,289,780.48 involving 1,969 projects to improve the quality of school infrastructure in the state since 2020.

The state government, he said, is aware that there are still schools in need of maintenance and repair in Sabah.

"However, the State Education Department is unable to provide the allocation for all of the 1,297 schools, and is strategising and planning maintenance work priorities," he said in response to an oral question from Datuk Anwar Ayuub (Perikatan Nasional-Liawan) on efforts to improve the quality of school infrastructure in the state.