Penang expects to initiate 5G connectivity by 2021

Penang intends to be a smart city with the state already having almost full access to 3G and 4G connectivity. (Bernama pic)

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Penang would be able to obtain 5th Generation (5G) connectivity by 2021.

State Housing, Local Government, Town and Rural Development Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said this information came from Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

“After a briefing by the minister, I was informed that Penang is ready for 5G connectivity.

“By October, there will be a trial run in Cyberjaya to roll out 5G connectivity. The coverage is expected to reach Penang by 2021,” he told reporters here today.

At peak Internet speed, 5G connectivity is 20 times faster than 4G.

Jagdeep said Penang already has full 3G connectivity coverage.

About 97.7% of the state’s area is covered with 4G connectivity, making it the leading state for smart city initiatives.

Earlier, Jagdeep and Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow visited the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) control room.

This control centre was recently upgraded by Intel Microelectronics (M) Sdn Bhd (Intel) with 77 light-emitting diode (LED) street lights and sensors, 64 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras with facial and licence plate recognition, six units of Long-Range (LoRa) Gateways, 15 units of environment sensors and a server for the Amelia platform software for Internet of Things (IoT) and CCTV analytics.

The upgrade was a pilot project showcased for the Smart City of Penang (SCoPe), a collaborative initiative by the state government, MPSP and Intel for a technological platform to better manage and control information, CCTV and IoT devices without needing the presence of people on the ground.

The SCoPe project is in line with the smart city concept envisioned by the state government.

Chow said Penang had to overcome infrastructure, financial and technological issues in turning Penang into a smart city.