ALOR SETAR, Jan 2 (Bernama) -- The Kedah government plans to build many more telecommunication towers in the state to increase broadband penetration and telecommunications network access especially in rural areas.
State Information, Communications and Multimedia and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Committee chairman, Mohd Firdaus Ahmad, said based on data from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the broadband penetration in the state stood at 96.6 per cent last year (2019), a slight increase from the 95.6 per cent the year before.
“The state government intends to build more telecommunication towers in rural and suburban areas but needs to depend on the financial resources available and the suitability of the construction site.
There are hundreds of telecommunication towers in Kedah and 40 additional towers mostly in rural areas, he told Bernama here recently.
In the meantime, the state government would conduct operations to detect the towers which are operating illegally in the state, he said, adding that it was currently developing a system called ‘Communications Infrastructure Permit Management’ to address the problem.
"So far, we have not been able to find out the exact amount of telecommunication towers operating illegally and are still in the process of identifying them,” he said.
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