PUTRAJAYA, Sept 9 — The government’s initiative to enhance connectivity in Sabah through the National Digital Network (JENDELA) and Universal Service Provision (PPS) also benefits residents in Pitas, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Under JENDELA and PPS programmes, he said, 17 towers were allocated for Pitas, with seven of them already completed, two still under construction and eight new towers under planning.
One of the towers under construction is in Kampung Sapatalang and when completed, it will provide 4G access to residents in the area,” he said, adding that the project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2021.
In a statement issued today, he said it was through the various initiatives by the government that the people in Pitas were able to improve their socio-economic status, as well as carry out their various daily chores easily and smoothly.
Saifuddin said six transmitters in Pitas have been upgraded to 4G, while another 18 are in the process of being upgraded to 4G.
He said Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) managed the Internet Centre at Kampung Pinggan-Pinggan, which is about 11 kilometres from Kampung Sapatalang, where the broadband speed has been enhanced through fiber optic connections to reach 300Mbps.
“The Internet Centre provides stable access facility and also serves to encourage the local community to engage in digital socio-economic activities,” he added.
Saifuddin said Sabah was one of the largest beneficiaries under JENDELA which gave priority to communication infrastructure development projects in the state from 2020 to 2022.
The projects included the additional 382 new communication towers that are being planned and the upgrading of 924 communication transmitters at the existing towers, he said.
Apart from that, he said, 35 new towers and 1,048 communication transmitters at existing towers will be commercially upgraded by service providers to increase 4G coverage, and 251,166 premises will also be provided with access to fiber optics.
Last Aug 29, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the implementation of the JENDELA plan as an initiative by the government and industry players to enhance the level of connectivity and quality of communication services nationwide through faster and comprehensive infrastructure development.