MALAYSIA’S first prepaid satellite broadband WiFi Hotspot service by MEASAT Global Bhd, CONNECTme NOW has successfully been installed at Data Kakus Sarawak. This marks the 1,000th installation in rural locations, providing communication and internet access to the rural communities nationwide.
Broadband has become so critical in our lives and is central to academic, administration, business and lifestyle activities.
However, in rural areas such as Data Kakus, it would take phenomenal efforts to fix terrestrial communication infrastructures as the massive pieces of equipment to set up the site need to be brought over the difficult terrain areas in off-road vehicles.
Besides that, it would also be a strenuous journey and will take a much longer time to connect the cables and fix the connecting internet fibres underground.
“The satellite-based broadband services by MEASAT is an ideal and practical solution in providing connectivity to communities in these areas where infrastructure is a main challenge,” Data Kukus long house head Peter Dano Amit pointed out.
Launched in 2019, CONNECTme NOW is satellite-based and delivered by employing very small aperture terminal (VSAT) and high throughput satellite (HTS) technology.
CONNECTme NOW has been making waves in providing community-focused satellite broadband services with 30 Mbps broadband speeds to realize national broadband aspirations.
Today, CONNECTme NOW is rapidly connecting the unconnected rakyat with over 100,000 broadband connections nationwide – those residing out of 4G or terrestrial coverage – empowering rural communities to be part of the digital economy.
“It is a proud moment for the company to reach this 1,000th site milestone as well as a humbling experience,” said MEASAT’s chief operating officer Yau Chyong Lim.
“We believe internet access should be a basic right for all Malaysians and MEASAT is committed to be the rural broadband provider of choice for Malaysia.”
“We are pleased to be able to provide this solution that overcomes the challenges of terrestrial communications infrastructure to the community of Data Kakus and other rural communities nationwide.” – Dec 30, 2020