Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) via its fully-owned subsidiary, Allo Technology Sdn Bhd (Allo) will further expand access to High Speed Broadband (HSBB) when it connects 56,132 houses in the state.
This will expand the facility’s network to more than 180,000 premises covering those at Melaka, Perak, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.
Chairperson of TNB, Datuk Sri Hasan Arifin said the initiative supports the Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela – national comprehensive digital infrastructure plan) to narrow the digital gap among the people, especially in rural areas.
According to him, it began with a project connecting 17,000 homes in Melaka. Allo is currently completing its infrastructure for fibre optic networks in six more states.
“Our target is to connect 300,000 premises in Peninsular Malaysia by this year’s end.
“The capability of TNB via Allo in Perak is a manifestation to ensure the people obtain extensive broadband coverage in line with the government’s vision.
He said so in his speech during the officiating ceremony of the state level Allo Technology broadband fibre optic infrastructure in Ipoh.
The ceremony was completed by Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad.
Present was President and CEO of TNB, Datuk Ir. Baharin Din.
The main objective of Jendela is to provide access to fixed broadband with Gigabit speed to 7.5 million premises and increase 4G coverage at residential areas.
The fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network is benefitted via an open access concept.
Areas benefiting from this include Sungai Rapat involving 16,483 homes, Kinta (17,144), Menglembu (12,497), Papan (4,598), Silibin (2,790) and Tasek (2,620).
Hasan explained that the facility enables more Perakeans to obtain broadband internet access at a reasonable price.
He said this empowers the people via aspects such as digital economy development, education and community development especially in the challenging economic situation due to the pandemic.
“The role of TNB via Allo in making Jendela a success reflects our continuous commitment to enhance the wellbeing of the people.
“The role to brighten lives by providing electricity is further strengthened by preparing the people and nation to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution via extensive broadband access.”
Meanwhile, Saarani said that it targets up to 30,000 homes to enjoy the facility when its access is extended especially at Hulu Perak, Bagan Datuk and Kerian.
“This internet access is set to complete the educational programme targeted by the state government to help residents of rural areas.
“For example, we have distributed free phones to targeted students but it poses a problem for them when the internet access is weak.
“Thus, we welcome the participation of Allo, especially TNB, in implementing this matter,” he added.