The Malaysian state of Melaka has starting laying out 150 kilometres of fibre network, connecting all state government agencies across 43 sites.
The US$4.7 million (RM15 million) contract for the first phase of MelakaNet was awarded last month. Dr Mohamed Sulaiman Sultan Suhaibuddeen, Head of ICT of Melaka State Government, told FutureGov that the government will start with 1GB bandwidth per agency.
Currently many agencies are running on 2MB bandwidth.
Explaining why the government wanted to build and operate its own fibre network, Dr Sulaiman said that bandwidth in Malaysia had been very expensive, and connecting the agencies with telco network would cost more than operating a government fibre network. “We also want to create an option for not only the government, but also the businesses and the public,” he said.
The network is designed to have room for future expansion, and according to Dr Sulaiman, the second phase of the project will see the cost of micro fibre going down and the technology being commercialised. Major towns and industry areas will be connected, where businesses will benefit from the access.
Dr Sulaiman also planned a third phase where the fibre network will connect all different sectors of society and economy in the state.
The state government is also consolidating its servers and virtualising them, an ongoing project Dr Sulaiman expects to finish by 2015.
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