Fri. Sep 29th, 2023
Sarawak Set to Achieve 59.6% 5G Coverage by 2024

Sarawak, a state in Malaysia, is on track to achieve 59.6% 5G coverage with the planned deployment of 587 sites by 2024, according to Datuk Julaihi Narawi, the Utility and Telecommunication Minister. The state is pushing ahead with the rollout of the 5G network and currently has 218 commissioned 5G sites. This development is expected to unlock various opportunities, including improving service delivery, decision-making, and enhancing the end-user experience, in areas such as healthcare, transportation, and education.

In addition to 5G, Sarawak is also focused on expanding its 4G coverage. The state currently has 61.6% 4G coverage, and this is expected to increase to 93.87% by the end of 2023. This expansion will be made possible through the commissioning of 600 Sarawak Multimedia Authority Rural Telecommunication (SMART) towers, as well as initiatives such as the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (Jendela) and Clawback. The Sarawak government, along with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), is also working on building an additional 742 new towers through the Jendela program.

To further improve connectivity, the state has implemented the Sarawak Rural Broadband Network (MySRBN), which utilizes Fixed Wireless Broadband technology. This state-owned 4G ready and 5G Oriented Broadband Telecommunication Network has connected 243 sites in rural communities. Moreover, the government has implemented the Wi-Fi Saluran project in far-reaching areas, equipping 250 sites with Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) to provide internet access to underserved communities.

Sarawak is also focusing on the development of data centers to support the growth of cross-border data flow and the digital economy. These data centers will serve as repositories for global and government data storage, management, and dissemination. Irix has already operationalized a Tier IV data center in Sarawak, with others currently in the planning and deployment stages.

In parallel with these developments, Sarawak has formulated the Digital Economy Blueprint 2030. This blueprint, which will be launched in October, outlines Sarawak’s path towards becoming a leading digital economy and society by 2030. It aims to drive economic prosperity, social inclusivity, and environmental sustainability. The blueprint focuses on key areas such as digital infrastructure, talent development, data governance, cybersecurity, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The Digital Economy Leaders’ Summit 2023 was held alongside the Smart Nation Expo 2023.