The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) is a dynamic five-year plan spanning from 2019 to 2023 and will constantly be improved from time to time, according to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said the seven-target plan to be implemented at a cost of about RM21.6 billion was the government’s initiative to provide sustainable, comprehensive, high quality and affordable digital connectivity to the people.

The seven targets are having fixed-line broadband start-up package at one per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2020; Gigabit speed availability in selected industrial areas by 2020 and in all capitals by 2023; internet availability in 100 per cent of premises in selected capital and high-impact areas with a minimum speed of 500Mbps by 2021.

Also internet availability in 20 per cent of premises in suburban and rural areas with a speed of up to 500Mbps in 2022; fibre-optic network to cover 70 per cent of schools, hospitals, libraries, police stations and post offices by 2022; an average speed of 30Mbps in 98 percent of populated areas by 2023; and improved mobile coverage along the Pan Borneo Highway upon completion of construction.

Under the NFCP, approximately 4.14 million premises across the country would have access to high-speed broadband services through the fibre optic network.

“More people will have access to broadband services, including those in suburban and rural areas,” she said when launching the NFCP here today.

Dr Wan Azizah said the implementation of the NFCP was also expected to create 20,000 job opportunities in the construction, operation and maintenance of digital infrastructure.

“The NFCP project will provide job opportunities to the people from all walks of life, including those in the B40 and M40 groups, as various expertise and skills are needed to build the digital infrastructure,” she said.

The construction of the digital infrastructure under the NFCP will also benefit service providers, small-scale contractors and equipment suppliers, which will bring about a positive impact on the country’s economy, she said.

The deputy prime minister said the implementation of the NFCP was also important to ensure that Malaysia remained the preferred choice for foreign investors.

“We have to realise the importance of having a conducive environment to encourage inflows of foreign capital and technology in a bid to further improve the competitiveness of the Malaysian industry in the global market,” she said.

— BERNAMA


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