High-speed broadband for all schools by 2014

THE government’s 1BestariNet project will ensure that all schools in the country have high-speed broadband connectivity to provide virtual learning for students by 2014

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the contractor chosen for the project was a licence holder and facility and network service provider under the Multimedia and Communications Act 1998. The 1Bestarinet project was awarded to YTL Communications Sdn Bhd (YTL Comms) for a period of two years.

Replying to a question from Er Teck Hwa (DAP-Bakri), Wee said the contractor was also a licence holder of the rights for a cloud-based virtual learning system and has the potential and expertise in providing broadband connectivity.

He said the contractor was the owner and operator of the YES telecommunications network that provides telephone and 4G broadband services.

“Under the 1BestariNet project, all 10,019 government schools will be provided with fibre optic connection at 4 Megabytes per second (which can be upgraded to 20Mbps). Meanwhile, schools in rural and interior areas will be provided with the VSAT network with speeds of 2Mbps (which can be upgraded to 4Mbps.)”

Wee said the implementation of the 1BestariNet was based following studies from the BCG Consulting Group and monitoring of the Schoolnet project in place previously.

He said the project involved the setting up of the infrastructure for broadband connection and provision for a virtual learning system for schools and Education Ministry agencies.

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