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Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo says as the industry moved beyond fibre, the ministry is looking at other measures to improve connectivity, particularly in rural areas. NSTP picture by HAFIZ SOHAIMI.

PUCHONG: The government is continuously in talks with several telecommunication players, in its bid to wire up the nation and liberalise the local industry.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said as the industry moved beyond fibre, the ministry was looking at other measures to improve connectivity, particularly in rural areas.

“I have been overseas on quite a few trips and we have been speaking to different people offering different technology. We are moving beyond fibre, which could take a lot of time to install and connect the whole country.

“We are looking at connectivity of which basically looking for other mode of infrastructure so there are fibre there, even satellites and balloon technologies,” he told reporters after a coffee session at Lelong.my Education Centre organised by MYNIC & Interbase Resource Sdn Bhd, here, today.

He said this Monday, the ministry would be announcing a partnership with a technology company to improve connectivity issues in the city area.

Technology giant Google had last year launched Loon - balloons designed to extend connectivity.

Gobind did not disclose the party involved in resolving the connectivity issue in Penang.

“There is a multi-layered dimension to this (connectivity), different areas which look at different technology.

“We will keep making announcements which deal with different areas as and when we go along but yes, we have been going out quite aggressively. My position is we do not have time. We cannot wait 10 years to wire up the country. We need to do it as fast as we can,” he said.

He said while the ministry understood that service providers were geared towards making commercial benefit for themselves, it did not mean that these companies can neglect underpopulated areas.

“When we speak of effort to expand infrastructure, we must always have in mind the concept of equality.

“They must also consider how they are going to weigh out these places, so that all the people who are living in these areas are given the equal opportunity to participate.

“They too can play their part and benefit from what internet has to offer. So this is what the ministry recognises,” he said.

Meanwhile, the coffee session is an initiative by MYNIC and Lelong.my to approach the public directly and enable businesses to adopt and establish their online businesses and branding.

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