Malaysia No. 2 in ICT index [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIA is ranked second among 26 resource and efficiency-driven economies based on the Connectivity Scorecard 2013.
It is ahead of its Asean neighbours -- Thailand (13th), Vietnam (14th), the Philippines (18th) and Indonesia (20th).
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this global information communication technology index ranked nations based on their ICT infrastructure.
"The index measures the extent to which governments, businesses and consumers make use of connectivity technology to enhance social and economic prosperity.
"Malaysia has been a consistent performer, maintaining its position in the top three in recent years," he said yesterday.
As of last month, Muhyiddin said the country had managed to achieve a broadband penetration rate of 67.2 per cent compared with 22 per cent in 2008.
"Studies have shown a direct correlation between gross domestic product growth and Internet broadband penetration rates, with the World Bank reporting a 10 per cent rise in broadband penetration will increase economic growth by 1.21 per cent."
He said in order to meet market demands, the government was working with industry players to increase its connection capacity by building undersea cables such as Cahaya Malaysia Kabel, Asia Pacific Gateway and Batam-Dumai-Malacca, worth RM600 million.
"The Internet supports breakthroughs in healthcare and education.
"For instance, the 1BestariNet project is the first of its kind in the world to bring the education community together on a single converged network for the purposes of teaching and learning."
Muhyiddin said this at the launch of V-Telecoms Bhd's Global IP Transit, an Internet bulk service which provides high-speed connectivity to the business community.
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