Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
Ministry to Expand Starlink Satellite Installation in Rural Sabah and Sarawak

The Ministry of Communications and Digital (KKD) has announced plans to expand the installation of Starlink satellite devices in Sabah and Sarawak, particularly in rural areas. Deputy Minister Teo Nie Chin revealed that two devices were recently installed in Bau and Julau, Sarawak, bringing the total number of installations to seven, including those in Johor, Perak, Selangor, and Negeri Sembilan.

Teo explained that the installation of these devices in Sabah and Sarawak is a temporary solution due to the challenges of laying fiber optic cables and other infrastructure in remote areas. It is difficult to provide reliable internet connectivity through conventional means, making satellite devices like Starlink a viable option.

The Ministry aims to identify suitable locations to install the remaining three devices in Sabah. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission will cover the costs of installation and monthly payments for one year. Currently, a high-spec Starlink device costs RM11,613 and offers coverage up to 100 meters with speeds ranging from 40MBPS to 220MBPS.

To evaluate the feasibility of the technology, the Ministry plans to deploy ten units of these devices as proof of concept before considering further expansion. This initiative is part of the government’s efforts to bridge the digital divide by providing internet access to rural communities.

By expanding the installation of Starlink satellite devices in Sabah and Sarawak, the Ministry hopes to improve connectivity and enable residents in these areas to enjoy the benefits of digital technology.