Sat comms for rural Malaysia

July 6, 2006

(Bernama via NewsEdge) TIME dotCom and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has launched the National Project of Universal Service Provision (USP), marking the completion of the first phase of the USP project in Sabah.

USP is an MCMC national project, which provides basic communications facilities in areas lacking communications coverage. It is a concerted effort under the MyICMS strategy by the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry to ensure that the underserved rural areas of Malaysia have access to information, communications and multimedia services, at par with other urban populations.

TIME dotCom undertook the implementation at 14 districts out of the 22 districts identified for the USP project in Sabah.

Since its commencement in September 2004, TIME dotCom has installed a total of 420 public payphones and more than 3,000 IP residential phones using satellite technology in Papar, Tuaran, Tambunan, Semporna, Beaufort, Kota Belud, Tawau, Sipitang, Kudat, Sandakan, Kuala Penyu, Kota Marudu, Lahad Datu and Tenom.

Under the first phase, each district was allocated 30 public payphones and 500 IP residential phones.

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