The Malaysian government will spend up to RM56 billion on infrastructure for faster and wider internet connectivity under a 10-year plan aimed at developing the country’s digital economy, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
Nearly half of the budget will go into the National Digital Connectivity (Jendela) programme, a five-year plan to expand fixed fibre optic internet coverage to nine million premises by 2025 from 7.5 million in 2022.
This infrastructure will be crucial if the country wants to realise its 5G ambition. Muhyiddin said private telecommunication companies will invest over a billion ringgit more to connect Jendela to undersea cables by 2023, and RM15 billion more into expanding 5G connectivity nationwide.
Muhyiddin said the blueprint comprises action plans which adopted a whole-of-nation approach to complement the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) and the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.
“The MyDigital initiative aims to empower every Malaysian, from Perlis to Sabah, to improve their lives in all aspects.
“It includes ideas and plans to improve digital literacy, creates high-income employment opportunities, makes banking and finance business easier and more organised, provides virtual educational access to children in the country and brings medical facilities to remote towns.
“It also serves as a digital transformation direction plan that is able to drive the business sector to compete on the global arena by enhancing expediency and efficiency of their operations,” said Muhyiddin at the virtual launching ceremony of the blueprint.