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No Additional Costs For MYREN-X - Idris Jusoh

Last update: 04/10/2017
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- The development and implementation of the super high speed broadband of 100 Gigabit per second identified as the Malaysia Research and Education Network (MYREN-X) will not involve additional or new cost from the government.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said its development would utilise existing allocations.

"Through this broadband access, there would be no increase in costs, no additional costs. It would be based on the old contract," he told reporters at the launching of MYREN-X by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Universiti Malaya here today.

He said MYREN-X which would be fully developed by July 2019 would benefit almost 150 institutions of higher learning in the country, especially 20 public universities , four private universities, 31 polytechnics, 85 community colleges, five hospitals and medical faculties as well as five agencies of the Higher Education Ministry.

"With this network, it would enable us to access almost all networks in the world directly via learning and teaching networks as well as international research covered under the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN)," he said.

Idris said this included the Pan-European Research and Education Network (GEANT), INTERNET2 USA, Korea Advanced Research Network (KOREN), China Education and Research Network (CERNET), Japan Science Information Network (SINET) as well as the research networks of ASEAN countries.

"The infrastructure would also place Malaysia in the World Gigabit Club and ensure high speed access would no longer be an obstruction to students and researchers in the country," he said.

Also present at the ceremony was Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

In another development, Idris said his officers were scheduled to meet with representatives of the government of Oman to clarify a governmental order to prevent its people from dealing with four private higher education institutions in the country.

He is confident the cordial relations between Malaysia and Oman would resolve the misunderstanding.