In a global arena where information is shared and connections are forged with the click of a button, it is vital that a nation’s communications infrastructure be robust, fast and easily accessible to everyone.
More than that, a stable and widely available communications infrastructure is the backbone on which a nation progresses in a networked world of business, education, healthcare, and entertainment.
The past year has seen Malaysia continue to push the availability of broadband access to the rakyat, with household penetration now at 67.3 per cent.
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With a technologically advanced communication infrastructure, industries can turn their focus on the inherent strategic possibilities in riding the wave of growth in emerging markets, which in turn, spurs innovation and cements the case for increased human capital expansion to facilitate growth.
EPP 4: Establishing E-Learning for Students and Workers
For 2014, the target was to ensure that every school connected with high-speed Internet connection of at least 4Mbps was consistently provided with that speed. With a sample size of more than 4,000 schools each time a survey was conducted, it was found that at least 99.9 per cent of schools met this criterion.
Having ensured that schools are connected with a high-speed Internet connection of at least 4Mbps, 2015 will see a greater focus on increasing the use of VLE by students, teachers and parents through various programmes. Ultimately, the aim is to have one million students accessing VLE for more than 30 minutes.
Additionally, this EPP will continue to increase connection speeds to schools to enhance user experience, and potentially increase the utilisation of e-learning facilities.
EPP 6: Deepening E-Government
This year, the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Youth and Sports adopted DDMS, bringing the total number of agencies adopting DDMS to five. These Ministries have largely completed re-classifying documents digitally and disposing of their documents in accordance with the National Archive Department’s requirements, which was one of the major hurdles towards its adoption.
There remains low public awareness of the capabilities offered by the Government through online services like the myGovernment Portal. Recognising this issue, a communications plan is being developed to increase public understanding, and will include monitoring of utilisation of online services at the administrative level.
The year was an encouraging one for DDMS. Having cleared the issues that bogged down its adoption, 10 more agencies are targeted to be on-board DDMS in 2015. Barring any budget constraints during the process, a smooth acceptance of the system is expected in the coming year.
EPP 8: Extending Reach
In an effort to extend broadband subscription to non-urban areas, 89 Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (PI1M) centres, 973 Kampung Tanpa Wayar 1Malaysia (KTW1M), and 163 rural telecommunication towers were established in 2014. Since the EPP’s implementation, over 4,000 KTW1M, 400 PI1M and 1,100 telecommunication towers have been built in rural areas.
The main challenge faced by the EPP’s implementation was internal decision-making delays. However, having resolved these issues, further delays are not expected, and 2015 will see the commissioning of 950 sites (500 of which are KTW1M sites). It should be noted however that the monsoon season may affect construction.
The Government also recognises the demand for faster connectivity from 385Kbps in 2011 to 4Mbps in 2014. This will require the development of new implementation models to cater to the demand.
Establishing E-Learning for Students and Workers
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Critical Target 2015
- To record RM600 million of revenue from the export of creative content
- To attract RM400 million total estimated production spent under Film in Malaysia Incentive
- To ensure 7,000 schools are connected with high-speed broadband in the range of 4Mbps – 10Mbps