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KUALA LUMPUR: The Communications and Digital Ministry is expected to announce the introduction and implementation of 5G by Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) with added features by the end of March.
Minister, Fahmi Fadzil said, DNB is currently studying and evaluating the available options to ensure the implementation will not just achieve 80 per cent success but will be expanded nationwide.
“We want to make sure there will be no negative effect on the nation’s finance and we hope by 2025, there will be at least 80 per cent coverage in populated areas,” he said when appearing on the Ruang Bicara programme speaking on the title of ‘Enhancing Digital’ which was broadcast by Bernama TV, here last night (Jan 24).
Fahmi said, the implementation of the 5G will enable companies and factories to achieve efficient and fast communication services in order to increase productivity and provide the public with efficient services.
“I have seen how 5G is being used by local governments to assist in issues of traffic, since data reaches the centre that manages the administration of traffic lights more efficiently and we can monitor the condition of the entire city in real time.
“5G offers added benefits, especially to factories and oil rigs (to communicate faster and more efficiently and to send big volumes of data, as well as carry out the Internet of Things),” he said.
Meanwhile, referring to issues of personal security and online scams, Fahmi said the ministry aspires to turn the Personal Data Protection Department into a statutory department to carry out its functions more efficiently.
The agency under the ministry will become one of the most important departments to be strengthened to deal with personal data leakage issues more effectively, he said.
“For example, if I issue a cash cheque, the bank will call for confirmation. This is the process, the same process applies for the security of personal data, and the government agency related to personal data must automatically inform the leakage of personal data. This aspect is being studied,” he said.
In the issue of security for personal data and handling the issue of scamnmers, Fahmi said the current laws need to be enhanced and the structure or policy because at present at least four ministries are responsible in the issue.
In addition to these issues, he said the ministry will also push to improve the current laws and upgrade the standard of the CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) agency as the Malaysian Cyber Security Commission, since CSM has the necessary expertise in cyber security and its digital forensic services are regarded as the best in the Asia Pacific region.
“We must work on forming a commission so that (CSM) can be given the powers to carry out investigations and has enough provisions of the law to carry out enforcement procedures,” he said. -BERNAMA