YTL unit fined RM2.4m over 1BestariNet, says ministry

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KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya has fined YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, a 60%-owned subsidiary of listed YTL Power International Bhd, RM2.4 million for failing to provide all 10,000 schools with the 1BestariNet e-learning project, the Education Ministry said.

It said 1,003 schools had not been equipped with 1BestariNet because YTL Communications had failed to obtain approval from the local authorities to build telecommunication towers in several states, particularly Sarawak, Penang and Kelantan.

“Due to the delays, the government fined YTL Communications RM2.4 million on Oct 27, 2014,” the Education Ministry said in a statement yesterday.

It added that the ministry had provided Internet connection to those schools through other service providers to allow the students to carry out their studies online.

The 1BestariNet project is aimed at installing high-speed 4G broadband across all 10,000 schools throughout the country, as well as a virtual learning environment  platform for e-learning. — The Malaysian Insider


This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on November 11, 2014.