From 5G coverage to combatting online scams: Fahmi's unwavering commitment to technological progress

02 Dec 2023 09:30am
Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil - Photo by Bernama
Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil - Photo by Bernama

SHAH ALAM - The unity government is gearing up to mark its first year since the Cabinet was established on Dec 3, last year.

Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil has spearheaded a series of transformative initiatives, from expanding 5G coverage to combating online fraud, giving attention to the nation's commitment to technological progress.

Here are the list of achievements of the unity government under his ministry:

5G network progress in Sabah

As of Sept 30, the 5G coverage in populated areas of Sabah has reached 48 per cent with 401 out of 622 planned 5G sites successfully completed.

Enhancing internet access

Fahmi stressed the importance of high-quality internet access in schools and industrial areas in the implementation of Phase 1 of the Point of Presence (PoP) Project in Sabah.

Sixty PoPs have been completed benefiting over 6,000 schools and industrial premises. The Rahmah Broadband Package was introduced providing 30Mbps at an affordable price of RM45 per month.

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Expanding digital economy centres

A total of 14 more digital economic centres (PEDi) were will be set up in Sabah with the aim of having one in each constituency. Fahmi visited a PEDi in Ranau and emphasised the positive impact of these centres on local entrepreneurs.

Starlink connectivity in rural areas

In a hands-on approach, Fahmi personally checked the Starlink internet speed in Kampung Langsat in Ranau. The installation of Starlink has brought internet connectivity to an area that previously had none, benefiting over 500 residents.

The full installation of internet and telecommunication services was expected by the third quarter of 2024.

Combating online scams

Malaysia has experienced substantial financial losses due to online fraud. The government allocated RM20 million to the National Scam Response Centre (NSRC) to tackle this issue and maintain awareness through the National Anti-Scam Campaign.

The 'Be Vigilant ANTI-SCAM Protect Yourself' programme was launched to combat online scams. Fahmi stressed the importance of raising awareness on online scams and enhancing cybersecurity.

5G adoption drive

Despite Malaysia's 5G coverage reaching 70.2 per cent, the adoption rate remained low. Fahmi launched the 5G Experience Centre and highlighted Malaysia's outstanding 5G achievements with the country ranking third globally in average 5G speed. The focus was now on increasing 5G adoption among industries and the public.

Focusing on 5G Adoption

Malaysia is determined to reach 80 per cent 5G coverage in populated areas and increase 5G adoption. A RM60 million fund was allocated to address cybersecurity threats and ensure secure technology development.

Over two million Malaysians have adopted 5G since Fahmi took office and plans were underway to increase 5G adoption among the public and industries.

Palestinian Humanitarian Fund

To show solidarity with the people Palestine, Fahmi launched the Palestinian Humanitarian Fund.

Managing recycled phone numbers

Fahmi also addressed the issue of recycled phone numbers, emphasising that all inactive numbers will go through a six-month quarantine period before being reused. This measure aimed to reduce issues and risks associated with such practices.

Lowering inflation in the telecommunication sector

Fahmi reported a decrease in inflation in the telecommunications sector from 0 per cent to -3.7 per cent. This improvement was attributed to the continued six per cent service tax rate and planned initiatives.

Petronas leads in 5G

Petronas became the first company in Malaysia to implement a private 5G network for commercial purposes. Fahmi was committed to expand the 5G coverage to 80 per cent by year-end, encouraging private companies to adopt 5G technology.

Internet as a necessity

Internet access has transitioned from being an option to a necessity. The telecommunications sector's inflation rate decreased to -3.7 per cent and several successful internet price reductions were implemented.

Countering fake news

Fahmi also introduced 'Biar Betul!', a special segment on Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) to counter the spread of fake news and disinformation among the public.

Expanding internet access in Sabah and Sarawak

The ministry will expand the installation of the Starlink satellite devices in Sabah and Sarawak to improve internet connectivity especially in rural areas.

Bridging the digital divide

Starlink installation in Kampung Langsat, Ranau, reflected the ongoing efforts to address the digital divide and provide internet access to underserved areas.