Fahmi asks MCMC, the telecommunications company to create a SOP for telecommunications access in disaster areas

Fahmi asks MCMC, the telecommunications company to create a SOP for telecommunications access in disaster areas

BATANG KALI: The Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and telecommunications companies are asked to immediately establish a standard operating procedure (SOP) for telecommunications access in disaster areas.

Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said he would discuss with MCMC and mobile network providers to speed up the SOP, especially when there is a specific need for search and rescue operations.

“I came tonight to examine the aspect of communication involving the coverage that I understand my friends in the media are facing difficulties. Not only the media but everyone here, I admit it is not satisfactory.

“I will get full information and we may re-examine a few things in addition to getting cooperation from the telecommunications company to ensure that the issue of Internet access or coverage does not recur, especially in a disaster situation in the future,” he said.

He said this to reporters after visiting the search and rescue site of the landslide incident here last night in addition to inspecting the work of media practitioners who were disturbed by the issue of the telecommunications network in the area.

Fahmi also said that as an initial step to overcome that, Telekom Malaysia (TM) and telecommunication companies have been ordered to send a ‘Mobile Coverage Vehicle’ for the implementation of ‘Coverage On Wheels’ (COW) at the location.

“There are several telecommunications equipment that have been sent including from TM and Celcom, Digi and UMobile. Maxis has also done ’tilting’ to help reduce the issue which is mostly a technical and geographical problem.
“I understand that TM has a point nearby where they can pull fiber and is working to prepare Wi-Fi access,” he said.

Fahmi said he would also bring a report on the problem to the Council of Ministers Meeting next Wednesday.

As of midnight last night, 12 victims were still reported missing while 21 were confirmed dead in the landslide tragedy near the Father’s Organic Farm camping site, Gohtong Jaya here early Friday morning.

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