VSAT to solve poor internet coverage
Posted on : 23 Sep 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

State government installing mini stations to improve internet connectivity in rural areas

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Sarawakians living in areas with poor internet coverage can look forward to improved internet connection by the end of the year with the installation of Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) stations at selected areas across the state, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The chief minister said as the state government wanted to improve internet coverage across the state, it could not wait for the telecommunication companies to build the internet connectivity infrastructure in Sarawak.

Abang Johari ( second left), Uggah (third left) and other dignitaries seen at a platform before the earth-breaking ceremony. — Photo by Roystein Emmor

“They (telecommunication companies) might see that building such infrastructure would not make profit for them due to lack of population in some areas. We on the other hand want a wider and better internet coverage for the people regardless of which area they live in Sarawak,” he added during the earth breaking ceremony for the Sarawak State Farmers’ Organisation (PPNS) headquarters here yesterday.

Among those present at the function was Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah who is also Minister of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development.

The state government believed that installing VSAT stations is the best solution to solve the problem of poor internet connectivity for Sarawakians, he said.

He pointed out the advantage of VSAT stations is that they are portable and could be moved around to areas where they are needed.

“Once an area where the VSAT is stationed already has internet connection service from the telecommunication companies, it will be moved to other places which need it,” he said.

Abang Johari said the state government had allocated a budget of around RM50 million for the purpose and the stations are expected to be operational by the end of the year.

Abang Johari however did not disclose how many VSAT stations will be installed across the state.

Once installed, VSAT is expected to help entrepreneurs and farmers in the rural areas who need internet to market their products and improve communication with various agencies and organisations who can help them.

Abang Johari also said that internet connection bandwidth via VSAT is expected to be as fast as 30 Megabits per second.

VSAT, a two-way ground station that transmits and receives data from satellites, is less than three metres tall.

It is capable of both narrow and broadband data to satellites in orbit in real-time and the data can then be redirected to other remote terminals or hubs around the globe.