CM: Govt to ensure Sabah well-equipped for Industry 4.0

KOTA KINABALU: The State Government will continue to provide a strong economic foundation to ensure the State is well-equipped for Industry 4.0, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

“We are in exciting times as we accelerate into the digital economy, with amazing new technologies having the potential to transform our lives and entire industries,”

He said this in his speech read by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Jaujan Sambakong during the Access Agreement Exchange event between Maxis and Celcom Timur (Sabah) Sdn Bhd (CT Sabah), at Magellan Sutera, here, Tuesday.

The agreement exchange signifies partnership between Maxis and CT Sabah to provide greater fibre connectivity through the provision of High Speed Broadband (HSBB) Network Services.

With the collaboration, Maxis will have full access to CT Sabah’s fibre optic network, which enables the roll out of affordable broadband plans to more Sabah homes and businesses.

Sabahans in areas with CT Sabah’s fibre optic infrastructure will be able to enjoy its fibre plans starting November 1.

In line with Industry 4.0, Shafie said the collaboration has the potential to open up new frontiers in innovation.

“There will be opportunities for new initiatives to ensure key sectors are transformed positively by technology and high speed connectivity.

“It will foster the development of new industries and create more job opportunities, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of the people of Sabah, he said.

He said with the widening access to broadband connectivity, more consumers and businesses would be able to leverage the Internet to create better opportunities which can in turn help accelerate the growth of Sabah’s digital economy.

“Similarly, ensuring wide broadband connectivity to the remote parts of Sabah must not be neglected if we want to narrow the digital divide between the urban and rural areas in Sabah.

“It (the collaboration) is timely and very much needed as we forge ahead to realise new opportunities for Sabah,” he said, adding that a robust ICT infrastructure is the backbone for the future of high speed internet connectivity.

He said the collaboration between service providers is important for the successful implementation of the recently announced National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP), which focuses on implementing policies and projects that will improve the speed, and reduce the costs of infrastructure deployment at state level.

Maxis Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gokhan Ogut said the partnership with CT Sabah is another significant step towards its converged ambitions to become a mobile and fixed LAN solutions operator.

“We’re not only investing in fibres as well as mobile, we are also doing partnerships and seeking access to existing fibres in the country,” he said.

In another development, Gokhan told reporters during a press conference that Maxis is unable to provide a specific date as to when its 5G network will be launched as of now.

Recently, Maxis reportedly signed an agreement with Huawei Technologies Malaysia on the provisioning of 5G network service.

“It depends on the spectrum allocation which the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commissions (MCMC) will decide, there is a taskforce that started its work over a year ago, on 5G.

By: Anthea Peter.

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