The MEASAT-3d satellite to be launched this Thursday will significantly improve Internet services and Internet connectivity rates, especially in rural areas.
MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd (MEASAT) CEO, Yau Chyong Lim said the matter would enable it to create an inclusive digital society and support high-speed broadband applications such as Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), Internet of Things (IoT) and telemedicine.
“Through MEASAT-3d and the CONNECTme NOW service, we aim to fill the broadband gap in locations that do not have 4G, 5G or fiber mobile coverage in Malaysia to provide Internet access to marginalized populations,” he told Bernama.
Yau said MEASAT-3d would be launched from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana located in South America and the Malaysian government would be represented by Secretary-General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM) Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek.
In conjunction with the launch, he informed that a special event will be held in the capital to enable guests to watch the launch live and it is expected to be attended by guests of honor including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
Yau said the launch of MEASAT-3d was made possible with the support of K-KOMM, as well as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
According to him, MEASAT fully supports the government’s intention to achieve the target of 100 percent Internet access by 2025 through the Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) and through the National Digital Network Plan (JENDELA) to digitize the country.
“In the long run, it promises to improve the quality of life of all Malaysians, including those living in the most remote areas of the country,” he said.
Yau informed MEASAT-3d will ensure continued growth and continuity of services for the world’s leading broadcasters as well as Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite television to over 20 million households across Malaysia, Indonesia and India.
He said the owner of the satellite was MEASAT, a local company wholly owned by Malaysians, but MEASAT-3d’s service capabilities were wide, covering Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, Africa and Southern Europe.
Yau said the MEASAT-3d satellite, MEASAT’s new and advanced satellite, was so far estimated to cost RM1.2 billion.
“MEASAT-3d will join MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b at hotslot 91.5 ° E which provides increased and excess capacity for Astro’s DTH services, as well as broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband Internet services. The MEASAT-3d satellite has a lifespan of 18 years,” he said.
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Yau said by using the ‘High Throughput Satellite’ capacity on MEASAT-3d, MEASAT was able to increase their broadband processing capacity by 10 times to 30 gigabits per second (Gbps), thus enabling access to high-speed broadband even in remote areas. limited or no connectivity on land.
“High-speed Internet will be improved from the current download speed of 30 megabits per second (Mbps) to 100 Mbps, allowing users to stream high-data content such as 4K or 8K video.
“MEASAT-3d will be able to bridge the digital divide in areas not covered by 4G or 5G or fiber mobile technology in Malaysia,” he said.
According to Yau, MEASAT-3d can be leveraged to offer data, voice and video services to three to five percent of the population (or about two million people) who still do not have a fiber or wireless broadband connection.