Sarawak contemplates own SMCC to be ICT powerhouse

Apr 4, 2017
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

Sarawak is contemplating setting up its own Sarawak Multimedia and Communications Commission (SMCC) to make the state an ICT powerhouse.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg explained that an own SMCC might be necessary to control specifications and implementation for the needs of Sarawak, setting out its own rules and regulations and policies.

He said the state would embark and embrace the state-of-the-art technology in data transmission – the Optical Transport Network at Edge – to spur the growth of Sarawak’s economy.

For funding, he said the state would explore various ways to reduce the funding burden on its project to upgrade the ICT infrastructure.

He welcomes global players to build their data warehouse and server farms in Sarawak.

“This is because we have sufficient electricity to power them and assist us by doing a back-to-back-funding for the ICT infrastructure we wish to build.

“By the synergistic use of our natural resources, we can make Sarawak an ICT powerhouse.

“As with our electricity, we can also sell our network and computing services,” he said at the official launching of the International ICT Infrastructure and Digital Economy Conference in Kuching on Sunday. – Borneo Post