Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak at the launch of Live Demo iFiber Gigacity at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre. Pix by Mohd Fadli Hamzah

PUTRAJAYA: The government is encouraging Internet service providers to provide high speed net access at competitive prices.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said fair and open competition was necessary to encourage them companies to reduce prices.

“One of the examples is iFiber, an open access fiber network that promotes healthy competition,” he said at the launch of Live Demo iFiber Gigacity at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre here today.

“This is expected to lead to cheaper prices and Internet subscription plans that meet the needs of the people.

“iFiber demonstrates how Malaysian residential and business consumers can subscribe to a single Internet Service Provider (ISP) or more on the iFiber portal at www.ifiber.my. This solution allows ISP and consumers to provision their own gigabit fiber Internet subscriptions.”

Salleh said he believed that iFiber would benefit consumers and support the government’s efforts to expand the country’s fixed broadband infrastructure in line with the Nationwide Fiberisation Plan (2017-2019).

“The government’s policy is to ensure that by 2020 at least 95 per cent of Malaysians will have Internet access.

“To achieve that as soon as possible, we will work with all parties, including state governments.

“In Sabah, for instance, we have started installing fibers from Kudat to Tuaran. We also focus on rural areas so that rural folk will enjoy the same Internet service as people in urban areas.

“This year, iFiber plans to install fiber facilities at 100,000 premises in the Klang Valley and expand to 10 cities nationwide.”

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