Penang Aims To Be The First Gigabit State In Malaysia

The state is putting together a plan that would take Penang into the digital era.

It looks like Putrajaya isn't the only place in Malaysia to look at for future tech. Penang has not only set up CCTV cameras with facial recognition within their state to improve safety, the Chief Minister of Penang, Chow Kon Yeow, has announced that Penang aims to be the first state in Malaysia to offer gigabit network.  

The goal is to enable Penang to harness gigabit broadband speeds for all telecommunication companies, while also offering faster internet connection. 

In order to achieve this, Penang will be working with seven local telco companies as well as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) through a framework called Penang Connectivity Master Plan (PCMP). 

According to Zairil Khir Johari, the state’s Executive Councilor for Public Works, Utilities, and Flood Mitigation, PCMP will become the main guide for all things related to telecommunications in Penang including coordination, planning, and execution. Related Federal government’s policies such as the National Fiber and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) will also be taken into consideration for the formation of PCMP. 

With PCMP, Gigabit network isn't the only objective the Penang state can aim for. There are others such as fulfilling the demands of consumers and industry within the state as well as addressing the challenges that telco companies are facing when it comes to infrastructure rollout. At the same time, it will also be used to transform state policies and governance procedures. 

As PCMP is still being drafted at the moment, the likeliness of this being completed would likely be by the end of the year. Penang is definitely going all out in being an advanced state, and we're definitely looking forward to Penang's steps forward into the digital era.