Analyses have indicated that sub-urban, rural and remote areas have only achieved broadband penetration rates of 25%, 20% and 15% respectively. This EPP therefore aims to reduce the digital divide in non-urban areas by 2020 through greater industry participation and public-private collaboration.
Two initiatives were introduced in this respect: Kampung Tanpa Wayar, which provides free wireless access to selected villages across the country, and the establishment of Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (PI1M), formerly known as Community Broadband Centres (CBC).
The five-year project initiated by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is fully funded by the Universal Service Provision (USP) fund. In addition to providing broadband Internet access with a minimum speed of 2Mbps, each centre will include facilities such as desktop computers, printers, scanners, and training programmes.
In the future, Internet access at Kampung Tanpa Wayar
sites will no longer be free to avoid potential market cannibalisation. Usage costs will, however, remain reasonable.
In 2013, this EPP aims to add an additional 689 new Kampung Tanpa Wayar
sites, 336 new Time3 wireless towers and launch 162 new PI1M.
- 89 Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (Pi1M) , 973 Kampung Tanpa Wayar 1Malaysia (KTWT1M) and 163 rural telecommunication towers were built in 2014. 400 Pi1M, 4,000 KTW1M and 1,100 telecommunication towers have been built since the start of this EPP.