The government will launch the Nationwide Fiberization Plan (2017-2019) for the expansion of the country’s fixed broadband infrastructure. Announcing the initiative, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak (pic) said the plan would be implemented from this year to 2019. “This plan will also ensure that the target of doubling the speed of fixed broadband can be achieved,” he told Bernama today.
Datuk Seri Dr Salleh said the fiber network would connect to about six million premises including an estimated two million premises in the rural areas. “The fiberization plan is critical to ensure the country remains competitive and its citizens, especially in the rural areas, are able to participate and benefit from the digital economy,” he said.
He said the plan would be implemented by way of cooperative arrangement among the relevant entities to provide fiber-based broadband wholesale services. He added that a 3-Tier model would be established, whereby the First Tier would involve utilising Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s fiber trunk network for wholesale backhaul services. The Second Tier Wholesale Service Provider(s) would offer last mile access, while the Third Tier providers would comprise existing telecommunication companies offering retail services to consumers and businesses, he said.
Datuk Seri D Salleh said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission would be responsible for enforcing the regulatory provisions under the existing regulatory framework in order to ensure achievement of the targets under the plan.