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Rural Sarawak to get high-speed broadband with nation’s first MOCN tower

Rural Sarawak to get high-speed broadband with nation’s first MOCN tower

KUCHING: Residents of Luban Ulu in Sarawak’s Betong, a rural settlement located about 270km from Kuching, can now enjoy a rich Internet experience following the commissioning of a Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) Rural Telecommunication (SMART) tower in the area.

The commissioning of the tower was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg recently to enable folks in the rural area to enjoy 3G and 4G network coverage, SMA said in a statement today.

It said the tower became the first in the country to employ the Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) platform, which had the capacity to accommodate multiple service operators in a singular gateway to serve their user bases.

“This is against the conventional approach of each mobile service provider installing their own home network system on a telecommunication tower. Depending on the terrain, a SMART tower is capable of providing fast broadband speed coverage up to a 3km radius,” it said.

The MOCN platform approach was chosen after considering the operational complexity and cost structure of rural telecommunication deployment, which would not only optimise resources but also allow for cost-efficient installation, maintenance and future upgrades.

The Luban Ulu SMART tower came as the first of the 300 towers that SMA planned to erect and commissioned in the state rural areas under its SMA 300 tower programme under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022.

SMA general manager, Dr Zaidi Razak said the authority would continue to work with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and all the mobile service providers to enhance digital connectivity in rural Sarawak.

“The Authority has always emphasised a close private-public sector relationship to enable Sarawak to leapfrog into the digital economy,” he added.

SMA is a regulatory body established pursuant to Section 3 of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority Ordinance 2017,

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India weighs plan to keep ‘inimical’ nations out of core industries

India weighs plan to keep ‘inimical’ nations out of core industries

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Indian national security planners are considering a security architecture that weeds out inimical countries from participating in core economic sectors such as power, telecommunications and roads by verifying the origin and testing the reliability of imported equipment related to such sectors, officials aware of the development said.

India will also forge collaborations in the development of critical technologies such as 5G and 5G-plus telecommunication standards through government-to-government or industry-to-industry partnerships rather than opt for off-the-shelf purchases of equipment in the future.

The government will participate through the entire development process “so that it has the option to go for a different partner in case of any technology denial”, said a senior government official involved in the move who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Foreign companies participating in Indian core sector will not be allowed to mask their origins and will have to go for full disclosure in case of any suspicion,” the official added.

While the Narendra Modi government is tight-lipped over the matter, the “verify the origin” debate started in July after China threw all past bilateral agreements out of the window and transgressed into eastern Ladakh, resulting in a tense military standoff that is yet to be resolved. The transgression and a June 15 clash in the Galwan Valley that left 20 Indian troops dead, besides an unspecified number of Chinese casualties, triggered calls for a boycott of Chinese products. Since then, the power ministry has decided to put in place specific testing guidelines that require the country of origin of imported equipment to be disclosed and to ensure that there is no malware embedded in critical sector equipment.

“The new testing guidelines for power equipment are to ensure that the country of origin does not install a malware which can be activated

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