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High-speed broadband to be deployed by June

The country’s high-speed broadband is expected to be deployed by the middle of next year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said the system is being tested at four exchanges in the Klang Valley — Bangsar, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

Telekom Malaysia, he said, has also started physical work at 22 other exchanges nationwide.

“The network access will provide highspeed broadband via 1.3 million premises in the Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia, and in several economic and industrial zones in Malaysia,” he said in reply to Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR — Machang) during question time.

“The comprehensive testing is to be completed this year and the service will come on stream by the middle of next year.”

Joseph said that apart from last-mile access, the joint venture project between the Government and Telekom Malaysia would also cover the core network and the international gateway which is currently under preparation.

“Most of the domestic core network has been installed and is being tested. As for the international gateway, the existing AmericanAsia Gateway undersea cable system is being enhanced and work is expected to be completed by year end,” he said. -Bernama

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