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Increasing Broadband Penetration and Quality for National Transformation

by The Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Publisher - Akademi Sains Malaysia

Category - Science

Broadband, the cornerstone of the new age information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, is rapidly rising as the key enabler of scientific advancement. However, despite Malaysia’s early adoption of ICT through the MSC initiative, we have yet to gain significant progress in applying ICT for economic and social development. Empirical evidence suggests that we have among the highest-cost broadband services in the world. Broadband speed and quality are also relatively low. These factors may account for the lower internet contribution to the GDP. The key message from this study is that the provision of broadband in Malaysia is at high cost, attributing to low penetration; in addition, low quality leads to low level of value-added economics and social activities. A study undertaken by The Royal Society and published in its report entitled “Knowledge, Networks and Nations – Global Scientific Collaboration in the 21st Century” stresses the critical importance of having fast, stable and affordable internet broadband connectivity nation-wide to intensify the networking of the scientific community domestically and globally. It will also assist the public sector and the wider community to leverage on the creative use of information and knowledge to innovate.

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