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Penang promises high-speed broadband by 2014

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Next Generation Network? broadband? LTE? fiber optic network? Malaysia?

Penang Development Corp. (PDC) Telecommunications Services has announced the first phase of the Internet upgrade that aims to increase the current 4Mb/s connectivity speed to 50Mb/s in Penang, Malaysia. The company's chair, Jeff Ooi, stated that the projectthe Next Generation Network (NGN)will be funded by PDC Telco and its network partners, he told Business Times.

Ooi said key consultants for the NGN are Malaysia Neutral Transmission Sdn Bhd, which is made up of its founder and former Jaring Communications Sdn Bhd CEO Mohd Awang Lah and Penang-born Bernard Lee, who consults for national broadband projects in Australia and New Zealand.

"The architecture for the island's network, which will involve a 250km line with a two-way redundancy loop for mission critical provisioning, is being finalized," Ooi indicated, adding that installation works for fiber optics on the island should start by the end of the year.

He said the NGN for Penang will involve four loops, which are to run concurrently.

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The Next Generation Network, which will bring broadband connectivity to Penang island and mainland, will be carried out over two phases.

The four loops are George Town's central business district through Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringi; Jelutong to Gelugor; Bayan Baru to Bayan Lepas Multimedia Super Corridor City, Free Industrial Zone and Airport Zone and, lastly, the Balik Pulau Backup Zone.

"The second phase on the mainland, for which the cost model is yet to be finalized, should start by 2014."

Ooi added that high-demand areas will be the first to enjoy the faster connectivity and clients for the project will comprise all telcos rolling out the 4G wireless broadband standard known as LTE and those involved in triple play services.

"We will do wholesale bandwidth and not retail, although we intend to work with partners for the fiber-to-the-home deployment," he noted.

"We want to organize all telco tranching to work under one roof in order to minimize damage to road structure when the fiber optic networks are being laid."

"Plans are also in place to promote resource sharing among participating telcos, in order to reduce cost and broadband ownership," he said, adding that there would be a minimum real constant speed of at least 10Mb/s, subject to an individual's needs.

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