339 5G sites in Sarawak are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2023

339 5G sites in Sarawak are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2023

MIRI: The government has identified and is preparing a total of 339 sites in Sarawak for the provision of 5G service access through Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB).

The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said Sarawak is one of the states prioritized for the implementation of 5G which started in Kuching, Miri and Bintulu.

According to him, the 5G service is expected to be implemented as early as October this year and fully operational in 2023.

“This will cover about 34 percent of the populated area coverage in Sarawak, and more importantly, these areas are the main economic areas that will impact and benefit businesses in the state of Sarawak.

“As of October 5, 90 out of 339 sites have been completed of which 52 out of 227 5G sites in Kuching have been completed and then in Miri and Bintulu,” he said.

He said this after the Malaysian Family Apprenticeship Distribution Session at the Sarawak Zone level at the Malaysian Institute of Teacher Education (IPG) Sarawak Campus, here on Sunday.

During the session, more than 500 students in the B40 family group received PerantiSiwas packages from various institutions including IPG Sarawak Campus, IPTS, Vocational College and Sixth Form.

It is clear that DNB is facing a slight delay in implementation and is actively working with the relevant state authorities as well as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) to resolve related issues.

“More importantly, the use of 5G in Kuching, Miri and Bintulu will be a catalyst to support the ambitions of Digital Sarawak and Industrial Revolution 4.0 and I expect Telko companies to launch 5G services in Sarawak in the near future.

“We will monitor progress and cooperate closely with local companies, DNB and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and this project is very dependent on a stable and perfect electricity supply, so we will continue to engage with the parties involved,” he said.

source – Nuzuluddin Abdul Razak

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