Xiddig Celular Communications Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahim (fifth from left) and Works Ministry undersecretary Zureen Zubir (six from left) chatting with contractors of the Enchanced Malaysia International Gateway (Em-IIG)- Wilayah Persekutuan Fibre Optic Network Deployment project. NSTP photo by NURUL SHAFINA JEMENON

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) project undertaken by Xiddig Cellular Communications Sdn Bhd will offer a high-speed and cheaper internet service when completed in November 2019.

Xiddig executive chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahim said compared to the current cheapest broadband package at RM140 for 30 megabytes per second (Mbps), 5G broadband price could go as cheap as RM189 for one gigabyte per second (Gbps).

“The EM-IIG project would increase the Internet speed, access and efficiency at a cheaper rate for the people throughout the country, including those in the rural areas.

“Once the project is ready, consumers will no longer have internet access problems and can enjoy high-speed Internet service provided through Fiber to the Home of 5Mbps to 1Gbps covering all areas in line with the government's aim of ensuring all citizens enjoy the same facilities," he said after a briefing session about the project with Bumiputra contractors here today.

Also present were Xiddig managing director Musa A. Rahman and Ministry of Works Corporate Planning Division undersecretary Zureen Zubir.

The RM5.45 billion project involves installation of undersea fibre-optic cable linking Hong Kong's international Internet hub to Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.

Abdul Rashid said the project, using a 50 terabyte fibre-optic cable, spanning 110,000 km was being implemented in phases, the first phase covering a distance of 33,000km through major cities in the country before being expanded to rural and interior areas.

"The fibre-optic cable installation project takes five years and the undersea works started since the beginning of this year from Hong Kong and is expected to enter Malaysia's waters in April 2019.

“There will be six inland stations for the fibre-optic cable installation, namely Bintulu (Sarawak), Papar (Sabah), Penggerang (Johor), Batu Kawan and Batu Maung (Penang), and Tok Bali (Kelantan)," he said.

Xiddig also plans to develop a Tier 4 data centre in Malaysia for uninterrupted access and bring 5G technology to consumers.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rashid said the project is expected to benefit about 5,000 Bumiputra contractors nationwide.

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