MIRI (June 19): Forty-five telecommunications towers will be erected to extend broadband network coverage to all corners of the Limbang parliamentary constituency, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Hasbi Habibolah said.
The federal government plans to erect 33 towers as part of the Jendela program and 12 towers will be funded and erected by the government of Sarawak.
“The LPs under Jendela are already the subject of a call for tenders; 22 in Batu Danau and 11 in Bukit Kota, ”he said.
This would allow telecommunications operators to extend their service coverage to the Penan settlements in Adan and Long Napir.
He said this in response to the plight of Rumah Lumpong students in Entakong, Ulu Medamit, who had to leave their homes as early as 6 a.m. to climb a half-mile up a hill to access the spotty internet connection needed for their classes. online PdPR.
Their plight was highlighted by The Borneo Post on June 16, and Hasbi said it was a problem in rural Limbang.
Hasbi, who is a two-term MP for Limbang, said steps have been taken to remedy the situation, as shown in the list of approved tower projects submitted to federal authorities by representatives elected here.
He said he had also personally met with senior officials of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to lobby for the rapid deployment of the towers, including one to be erected in Entakong for the benefit of residents of Rh Lumpong and Kpg Melaban.
“The Jendela projects are already at the open tendering stage and the bidders were planning to visit the sites for assessments. Unfortunately, the MCO is delaying it all, ”he said.
The federal government has already erected nine of these towers as part of this program in Limbang over the past two years and telecommunications coverage would be greatly improved when the others were in place.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) will erect 11 towers in Batu Danau and one in Bukit Kota as part of the second phase. He has already erected a tower each at Kpg Meruyu and Kpg Kerangan Ma in the first phase.
“I hope that everything goes as planned and that full coverage can be achieved as soon as possible,” he said.