Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Information, Communication and Culture Minister.

Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Information, Communication and Culture Minister.

There are about 25 million mobile phones users in the country currently, or almost one phone per person according to Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Friday.

“Yes, almost one person, one handphone. What I’m saying is, that itself is an indication,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

However, he was unhappy with the number of internet broadband penetration in the country and said it not moving fast enough.

According to Dr Rais, this is because we have overstressed the importance of speed – high speed broadband, instead of overall coverage for the country.

“Having said that, we have to re-look the broadband for the people, not merely for the business sector. Well, you can, for example in the Klang Valley, stress on the broadband for the business community but at the same time, how about people in Sarikei, in Perlis?,” he asked.

“So, while I’m not particularly or overly happy with the achievement, I must say that my colleagues before have done their best to establish the point of 25% of broadband now having penetrated six million households in Malaysia”.

Dr Rais was confident by the end of 2010, the country can achieve 50 per cent broadband penetration.