KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 — The government is committed to ensuring that the internet penetration rate in the country will surpass 90 per cent by 2020, said Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Jailani Johari.
As such, he said works to upgrade the internet service were not only being done in urban areas, but also in rural areas, including in Sabah and Sarawak.
“In 2010, the prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) launched the national broadband plan and our target back then was only to achieve 50 per cent household broadband penetration but now, the household broadband penetration rate had reached 84.5 per cent nationwide.
“We (ministry) will continue implementing our programmes with the government’s allocation, but at the same time, the private sector or the service providers must also expand their service network or internet penetration because it is the government’s aspiration to reduce the digital gap (between urban and rural areas),” he told Bernama after appearing on Bernama News Channel’s Nine11 programme today.
In the 2018 Budget, RM1 million was allocated to develop communication infrastructure and broadband facility in Sabah and Sarawak. — Bernama