Malaysia second country to run Facebook’s Terragraph trials (The Star)

Malaysia is the second country in the world after Hungary to run trials for Terragraph, a new wireless technology, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

He said the Terragraph pilot project was timely as it was in line with the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) that aims to solve a common urban problem where demand for high-speed broadband is high but access is lacking.

“Even though the NFCP is a fibre-first plan, it is technology agnostic. This means we are open to any technology to solve connectivity problems, including Terragraph technology.

“We must find solutions for these problems; our cities have insufficient fibre coverage, and we need to roll out high-speed broadband access in the shortest time possible,” he said in his speech at the launch of YTL Communication and Facebook’s Terragraph market pilot first in Asia, here on Monday (Feb 18).

Terragraph is the underlying technology bringing gigabit speeds to support the data demand of urban residents and visitors, and accelerating new-smart city services.

Commencing on March 1, the six-month-long market pilot would include the provision of public wifi and fixed wireless access that could potentially solve the challenges faced in urban areas with rising bandwidth per square kilometre, legacy copper infrastructure, costly fibre optic, cable deployment, and limited spectrum at lower frequencies.

At a press conference later, Gobind said the ministry is open to any type of technology which would be able to assist in solving connectivity problems in the country.

He said the ministry needs to find the best solution to deal with the connectivity problem and is committed to providing an affordable quality speed of broadband to the public.

“We just do not want an Internet that is cheap and fast. We want an Internet that is of a certain standard of quality as well.

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The Star

18 February 2019

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