Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Selangor to launch own broadband wireless network - The Star

SHAH ALAM: May 21, 2008

The Selangor government will launch its own wireless broadband network here in two weeks and the coverage will be extended to other parts of the Klang Valley later this year, said state Welfare, Women’s Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Rodziah Ismail.

She said the government was ready to start putting in place the infrastructure needed to make the services available statewide but declined to say how much it would cost.

“It will take up to five years for us to provide wireless broadband access network throughout the state,” she told a press conference here yesterday.

Rodziah said ICT development was among the top priorities of the Pakatan Rakyat state government.

“ICT development is also part of our good governance plan and we are working to provide as much of state government department services as possible through e-services,” she said.

She said Selangor was also working towards a paperless government to make it easier to track documents in order to avoid problems like files being misplaced.

Rodziah said that as the first step to introducing ICT in state government operations, the Mentri Besar, state executive councillors and government department heads would be connected through an instant messaging service inside the Dewan when the state assembly sitting begins today.

“The computers and technology are already there at the Dewan,” she said.

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