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A National Rural Broadband Solution That Is Not A Part Of Jaringan Prihatin

A National Rural Broadband Solution That Is Not A Part Of Jaringan Prihatin

MEASAT’s CONNECTme NOW serving underserved communities as the sole national rural satellite broadband provider.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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MEASAT, yes the folks that launched the satellites that made ASTRO possible are turning some of their attention to consumer broadband. 

CONNECTme NOW is a high-speed satellite broadband service that provides internet access to communities in rural, remote, and difficult to reach areas that are not covered by 4G or fibre connectivity.

We are proud that we have managed to install more than 2,000 CONNECTme NOW sites to date – including 1,183 sites in Sarawak and 243 in Sabah, serving over 200,000 broadband connections nationwide. Building on this momentum, we hope to raise this number to 300,000 connections by the end of this year.

Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Operating Officer of MEASAT.

The system uses a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology. 

CONNECTme NOW lets users access the internet through Prepaid Access Code (PAC) vouchers, with no contract or fixed monthly charges, putting power and control in the hands of users.

We also supported vaccination efforts in Sabah, where we sponsored broadband data offered through our CONNECTme NOW service at vaccination centres in the Kota Kinabalu region serving remote communities, covering close to 2,000 people.

Ganendra Selvaraj, Associate VP of MEASAT

However, when asked if CONNECTme NOW is a part of Jaringan PRIHATIN, provision of subsidies for subscriptions to telecommunication services or the purchase of mobile devices, he said no as it is not a part of the twelve telcos in Malaysia that participated. 

Following the success of CONNECTme NOW in Malaysia, MEASAT aims to take this service and technology internationally to our neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, expanding to connect their unconnected populations.


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