Phase 2 JENDELA is expected to start in the first quarter of 2023

Phase 2 JENDELA is expected to start in the first quarter of 2023

CYBERJAYA: The implementation of the second phase (2023-2025) of the National Digital Interconnection Plan (JENDELA) is expected to start in the first quarter of 2023, said the Chief Operating Officer of the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Datuk Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus.

He said MCMC must first present the targets and related matters regarding the second phase, as well as wait for the ‘green light’ from the Ministry of Digital Communications (KKD) and its minister Fahmi Fadzil regarding the implementation.

“We can try to do our best from the beginning. We will present it at the ministry, when we have ‘approval’ from the minister, then we can start,” he told Bernama and RTM regarding the status of the second phase of JENDELA after completing the Closing Ceremony of the Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP) Series Cohort 1′ here today.

“The target of the second phase is to complete connectivity for the remaining three percent of the population in the community. It is the most challenging area which is in the interior and remote areas including the Orang Asli villages,” he said.

According to him, the first phase of JENDELA which was completed in December 2022 has achieved 4G coverage of 96.92 percent while in terms of speed, it reached 77 megabits per second (Mbps) compared to the initial target of 35 Mbps.

Regarding the ALP which was held for the first time, he said it was a strategic collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) with 39 MCMC staff successfully completing the program which started from 2020 to 2022.

The program is fully sponsored by MCMC for specific leadership development for its staff consisting of senior and junior executive groups, based on behavioral competency models and digital leadership characteristics.

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