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TM beats JENDELA 2020 target, 300,000 more premises to get fibre broadband access by mid-2021

Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has exceeded the target set under the National Digital Infrastructure Plan (JENDELA) for the deployment of fixed broadband infrastructure by achieving 124 per cent of its overall committed premises for the year 2020.

Group chief executive officer Imri Mokhtar said TM had managed to deploy fixed broadband infrastructure to 272,185 premises nationwide as of December 9, 2020.

“We are now excited to continue our roll-out plan to achieve 2021’s target with another 300,000 premises to be fiberised by the first half of the year,” he told Bernama after appearing in Bernama TV’s ‘The Nation’ programme today.

Imri reiterated TM’s commitment to improve broadband coverage under the JENDELA initiative with 7.5 million premises nationwide expected to be connected to fixed broadband by the end of 2022.

He said TM has already provided fibre broadband connectivity to roughly five million premises in the country so far with another 2.5 million premises expected to be fiberised within the next two years.

“TM is also ready to explore various alternative cost-efficient technologies to deliver internet connectivity to another 1.5 million potential premises that have been identified as gap areas,” he added.

Meanwhile, Imri said TM is focusing on building a strong foundation by prioritising the nation’s fixed broadband infrastructures and fourth generation (4G) networks before Malaysia transits into the fifth generation (5G) technology.

“As we establish 5G mobile sites later, these sites need to be connected with fibre, so the fiberisation will complement our efforts and position Malaysia in a stronger footing as we move into 5G,” he added.

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Imri said TM was also ready to develop fibre infrastructure across the country to support the implementation of JENDELA and prepare for the 5G execution under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

“When it comes to technology evolution as well as investment, it needs to be a fit-for-purpose solution and in terms of timing, we don’t want TM to over-invest into it too soon.

“As per what the market demand will be, our country will be not less competitive with regard to technology advancement as we move towards a more digital Malaysia,” he said. — Bernama via Malay Mail