More than 10,000 schools to have Internet by June 2014

Published: Tuesday September 25, 2012 MYT 6:05:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday September 25, 2012 MYT 6:36:16 PM

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/25/nation/20120925180440&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: By June 2014, 10,019 government schools throughout the country will be equipped with high speed Internet access and virtual learning platforms.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said Tuesday that under the 1BestariNet project, schools would be supplied with fibre optic cable with a speed of 4mbps that could be upgraded to 20mbps.

“More than 600 schools located in the interiors or rural areas will be equipped with ‘Very Small Aperture Terminal’ (VSAT) with a speed of 2mbps that could be upgraded to 4mbps.

“The project could change the educational platform of Malaysia and close the digital divide between students in the urban and rural areas by providing education via Internet to all the people,” he said when replying to a question by Er Teck Hwa (DAP-Bakri) at Dewan Rakyat here on Tuesday.

Er wanted to know the total amount of allocation programmes for schools not listed under the programme.

Wee said the National Economic Council had set aside RM660 million for the project to be implemented in all schools from next year.

He said the contractor selected to provide the facility was a licensed operator under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which has the capacity and expertise to provide broadband systems.

He said the contractor was the owner of the YES telecommunications network system.

Wee said the implementation of 1BestariNet was based on a study by the BCG Consulting Group. – Bernama

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