Sacofa well-positioned for 5G rollout in Sarawak, says CEO

Mohamed Zaid (third left) presenting a souvenir to Abang Johari as a token of appreciation for launching the high speed broadband connectivity to Mulu today. Also seen from left were Len Talif, Gerawat, Abdul Karim and Morshidi.

MULU, April 7: Sacofa Sdn Bhd (Sacofa), a telecommunication services provider, is confident that it is well-positioned to ensure that the 5G telecommunication network rollout in Sarawak is carried out smoothly.

Sacofa’s chief executive officer (CEO) Mohamed Zaid Zaini is confident that close cooperation between the government and the private sector will ensure that the next generation network rollout will be a success.

“For Sarawak, with Sacafa’s extensive towers and fibre infrastructure, we are well-positioned to ensure that the 5G rollout will become a success for Sarawakians in the shortest possible time.

“In a place like Sarawak, the government’s intervention is crucial for both the state and federal level.

“It is through these collective efforts by the government and partnership with the private sector that broadband penetration reaches wider coverage and Internet speed can be improved significantly,” he said during the launch of high speed broadband connectivity in Mulu at Mulu Marriot Hotel here today.

5G refers to the fifth generation technology standard for mobile networks and is slated to replace and supersede the current 4G networks we rely on.

Meanwhile, the high speed broadband connectivity to Mulu was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Mohamed Zaid added the federal government is planning to roll out 5G networks through the National Digital Network Project (Jendela) in the coming months.

In the meantime, he said the Internet speed in Mulu, which currently stands at a maximum of 800Mbps will be upgraded in the future.

Mohamed Zaid noted that it was important for Mulu, which is a world heritage site, to be connected with high speed Internet for the use of researchers and academicians for their ongoing research.

He added that good Internet connectivity was important for tourists to share their videos and experiences in Mulu to other people through social media platforms.

He said visitors to Mulu National Park and surrounding areas can enjoy 4G telecommunication services through the telecommunication towers built between Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi).

He said the company has laid out fibre-optic cables from Mulu to Miri in the past two years.

At the event, Mohamed Zaid also shared that the company faced logistical and geographical challenges to construct telecommunication towers in the remote areas of Sarawak.

Apart from that, Mulu assemblyman Dato Gerawat Gala said the Internet is a powerful tool to promote Mulu as an attractive tourism spot to tourists..

He hoped that Sacofa could expand the high speed broadband connectivity to other areas within the Mulu constituency.

Among those present were Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Gerawat. — DayakDaily