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KUALA LUMPUR, April 7:All state governments should play a more proactive role in providing wireless internet access in their states to enable the public and tourists to have free Internet access in public places. Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said the ministry was prepared to cooperate with the state governments for this purpose, Bernama reported. For example, he said Terengganu had committed itself to provide free Internet access and Wi-Fi service at 600 strategic locations statewide, involving an allocation of RM30 million, under the Terengganu Open Wi-Fi project. “This is indeed a very good initiative as the national broadband penetration rate must be increased from the current 67.1% after the various programmes launched under the National Broadband Initiative.” He said this after jointly officiating the pilot project of the Terengganu Open Wi-Fi with Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said at the Sultan Mahmud Airport here today. Jailani also said 39 telecommunications towers would be built in Terengganu at a cost of RM58.5 million. He said these were among the 1,000 telecommunication towers planned to be built across the country over the next three years at a total cost of RM1.5 billion. Meanwhile, Ahmad said the Terengganu Open Wi-Fi service would be made available in public places statewide, especially at all district and land offices, hospitals, bus terminals, markets, libraries and state assemblymen’s service centres. He said Kuala Terengganu was selected as the first district to be provided with the service before its expansion to other districts statewide.

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