We need alternative ICT technologies for rural coverage
Sarawak Tribune - Tuesday, 29 April, 2003
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- The State government will look into alternative technologies such as
wireless and satellite to extend comprehensive ICT infrastructure to the
rural areas of the State.
reply to question by Lee Kim Shin (BN-Senadin), Deputy Chief Minister and
Minister of Finance and Public Utilities, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr George
Chan said that it was expensive and difficult to provide comprehensive ICT
facilities in a very large state with low population density.
it is a challenge to bridge the gap between the rural and urban
areas," he said.
that, he said, the government had established Sacofa Sdn. Bhd. as
telecommunication company to complement and extend telecommunication
coverage to rural areas in the State where other telecommunication
companies could not financially go into.
the State strategy to achieve a knowledge-based society through the
development of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in the State
Public Service, Dr Chan noted that the State Public Service was now
considered as one of the leading users of ICT in the country.
am pleased to inform that despite the largest geographical spread and low
population density, most State agencies including local authorities and
statutory bodies are connected statewide through the SarawakNet," he
Chan said that the government would pursue the current strategies, to
include all government offices throughout the State via SarawakNet.
added that the government would implement its public oriented services
online, which would enable the public to access government services easily
and induce the public to be ICT literate.
to him, SarawakNet had extended its coverage to district areas and the
government was planning to connect it to the sub-districts by end of 2003.
human resource development, he said the State would continue giving full
support to efforts by the Federal Government and working jointly with
non-government organisations to promote ICT appreciation and literacy in