Malaysia’s national development plan to improve coverage and quality of digital infrastructure as well as affordability of communication services continue to be the prime agenda in transforming the ICT sector.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister Dato Jailani Johari unveiled the agenda during a session at ITU Telecom World 2017 held in Busan, Korea.
According to Dato Jailani, the government of Malaysia has invested in PPPs to roll out high speed broadband access.
“Our targets include expanding broadband coverage to 95% of populated areas at commensurate speeds.
“Our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 2017 urged Malaysians to embrace changes and new ideas toward accelerating the growth of our economy.
“About USD 215 million will be spent to improve the national infrastructure as well as rolling out the digital platform on which the services will ride.” he pointed out.
He added that another USD 40 million will be further spent on e-commerce programs, digital maker movement and the introduction of the Malaysian Digital Hub initiatives.
Dato Jailani also highlighted in the session that the country will also witness the first Digital Free Trade Zone in the world which will merge the physical as well the virtual trading to facilitate international e-commerce and invigorate the internet base in Malaysia.
He vowed the ICT transformation in Malaysia will continue provided with a conducive policy and regulatory environment.