If we had 100% penetration, imagine the blogger community!

Posted: July 22, 2007 in Personal ramblings, Society

Plans for 50% broadband penetration by 2010

PUTRAJAYA: The government
plans to expand Malaysia’s
broadband penetration among
households from the current
12% or 5.5 million to 50% by the
end of 2010.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Najib Abdul Razak said that
despite the current penetration
level, Malaysia’s broadband technology
is not lagging far behind
other countries’.

“We are only on the lower
side in international ranking and
[among] several developing
countries,” he said at a press
conference yesterday, after
chairing the cabinet committee
meeting on high speed broadband
penetration at his office.
He said the government plans
to expand broadband access to
selected areas, based on the
demand.
If we were to expand
throughout the country, it will
cost us RM56 billion, which we
cannot afford at this moment,
Najib said.“We will require a public
and private sector partnership
for the expansion and the government
will hold discussions
with telecommunication companies
and Telekom Malaysia.
This will be discussed in the next
committee meeting.”

We are not lagging? Look at the current penetration. Isn’t penetration focused on urban areas like KL,PG,JB…How many people have access to the Internet? On the basis of official figures there is a digital divide on numerous fronts. Check out; Zaharom Nain (2003), New Technologies and the Future of Media in Malaysia from proceedings of the National Conference on the Future of Median in a Knowledge Society, Rights, Responsibilitis and Risks, KL

Based on demands? Market forces? Who benefits? Digital divide concerns?

I wonder why we cannot afford at this moment? Hmm..

Source: The Sun
http://203.115.192.117/friday/fri_page8.html

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