The Ministry of Communications and Digital (KKD) has announced plans to expand the installation of Starlink satellite devices in Sabah and Sarawak, with a particular focus on rural areas. Deputy Minister Teo Nie Chin stated that two devices have already been installed in Bau and Julau, Sarawak this month, bringing the total number of installed devices to seven. The previous installations were located in Johor, Perak, Selangor, and Negeri Sembilan.
Teo Nie Chin further explained that the installation of these devices in Sabah and Sarawak is a temporary solution, as it is challenging to establish fiber optic cables and other necessary infrastructure, especially in remote areas. The costs of installing the device, as well as the monthly payments, will be covered by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for one year.
Presently, each high-spec Starlink device costs RM11,613 and covers a distance of around 100 meters, providing speeds of 40MBPS to 220MBPS. The plan is to evaluate the feasibility of the technology with the installation of ten units as a proof of concept before further expansion.
The aim of expanding the Starlink satellite devices is to address the connectivity challenges faced by rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak. By providing reliable internet access, these devices can support various activities such as education, business, and communication, ultimately contributing to the digital development of these regions.
The Ministry of Communications and Digital is actively working towards bridging the digital divide and ensuring equal access to digital services across the country. The initiative to expand the installation of Starlink devices in Sabah and Sarawak is a step in the right direction towards achieving this goal.