GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has started a pilot test to develop the 5G broadband spectrum infrastructure at three locations here.
Chief minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project was being implemented to test the readiness of local and state authorities in receiving 5G services as well as the provision of the necessary infrastructure.
“Telecommunication facilities are an important component. There have been engagement sessions with the federal government and the agencies that will implement 5G in Penang and nationwide.
“However, due to uncertainty about which company will operate the 5G network, Penang has started pilot tests at three locations in George Town,” he said when replying to an oral question from Ong Ah Teong (PH-Batu Lanchang) at the state legislative assembly today.
Chow said one of the main factors for existing companies to continue investing and new investors choosing Penang as their investment destination was the availability of the rapidly growing infrastructure in the state.
He said such infrastructure included roads, electricity and water supply, sewerage treatment plants, and telecommunications, especially in the old industrial areas which were constantly being upgraded and maintained by the relevant agencies.
To a supplementary question from state opposition leader Yusoff Mohd Noor (BN-Sungai Dua) on Penang’s readiness to face challenges after the construction of the Kulim International Airport (KXP), Chow said Penang had applied to the transport ministry to proceed with the expansion of the Penang International Airport (PEN).
He said he was informed that the KXP and PEN projects would have to wait for the National Airport Strategic Plan study to be completed.
“The PEN expansion project will help increase the competitiveness of the airport but both applications for the KXP construction project and the PEN expansion will need to be approved by the transport ministry,” he said.