State may have 500 telecom towers by year-end

MIRI: The state is expected to have around 500 telecommunication towers by the end of this year.

And they are built to meet the projected increase in need and demand for telecommunication services, particularly broadband service.

So far, Sacofa Sdn Bhd has erected a total of 460 towers throughout the state, the companys chief executive officer Abang Jemat Abang Bujang said yesterday.

Sacofa has been appointed by the state government to build basic telecommunication infrastructure such as towers and to lay fibre optic cables linking most of the major towns in the state.

This is because we are now moving towards the future where the need for telecommunication services would be tremendous.

Apart from that we are also entering 3G or broadband era, Jemat told reporter after a dialogue session with Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai and councillors of Miri City Council.

He said it was also in line with the governments target of 60 per cent penetration of households by 2010 throughout the country including Sarawak.

Currently, he said the household penetration in Singapore and Korea as well as Shanghai and Hong Kong reached almost 80 per cent.

Further north in Lawas, Sesco Berhad will hold Safety and Health week beginning June 29. It is a campaign aimed at enlightening the public on safety measures when handling electrical appliances be it at home or elsewhere.

The campaign will be held at the local Sesco office.

Lawas Sesco manager Affendi Saiful said that some 1,000 people are expected at the event.

This he said during a press conference held on the campaign at Lawas district office yesterday.

Minister of Public Utilities, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan is expected to officiate at the event.