PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is identifying locations throughout the country with poor internet access to instal Starlink satellite devices.
Deputy communications and digital minister Teo Nie Ching said MCMC had received 10 of the 30 high-performance devices ordered earlier, according to a Bernama report.
Of the 10, four have been installed at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Kuala Pilah; Kampung Orang Asli Kemensah in Gombak; Kampung Orang Asli Tonggang in Tambun, Perak; and Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Temon in Johor Bahru.
“MCMC is currently identifying other suitable locations throughout the country, including Sabah and Sarawak, which need better internet access.
“We will discuss with the education, health, and rural and regional development ministries to identify suitable locations for us to instal the devices.
“All of this has not been finalised yet,” she told reporters after visiting the site installation of the Starlink satellite device in Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Temon in Pulai, Johor.
She said the government hopes the devices will be able to serve as a temporary solution to improve internet access in locations with poor or weak internet access.
Teo said the Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Temon area was facing frequency interference due to its proximity to Singapore, which caused their phone lines to connect to Singapore’s telecommunications network.
“This Starlink facility will be able to improve internet access for residents, especially when it comes to the education of Orang Asli children,” she added.
Currently, one unit of high-spec Starlink device costs RM11,613 and acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot with a coverage distance of about 100m, depending on the place of installation.