Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) plans to boost the broadband penetration rate in Sarawak from the current 17 per cent to more than 20 per cent by year-end.

TM Sarawak general manager, Omar Zaki Mustafa, said the TM would push to increase the broadband penetration of households in Sarawak.

TM Sarawak general manager Omar Zaki Mustafa

“We will focus on our Streamyx services by offering many special packages to get new customers,” he told reporters in Kuching today.

Omar said this when asked to comment on TM’s role in meeting Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC)s target of achieving a 50 per cent broadband penetration in the state by year-end.

Currently, the broadband penetration rate in Sarawak is 19.3 per cent. Earlier, Omar officiated at the opening of TM’s SME Biz Net Seminar 2010.

About 200 customers attended the seminar, which is part of the nationwide programme for its small and medium enterprise customers.

The seminar aims to create awareness among its customers on the latest products, services and technology.

Meanwhile, Omar said TM would also push to provide free round-the-clock WiFi connection in the state.

He said currently there were only a few WiFi hotsposts in the state such as in Kuching and Miri.

“TM will increase the number of WiFi hotsports in the state by 1,000 before year-end. By then, more people are getting mobility,” he said.

Beside that, Omar said, TM was collaborating with MCMC to set up 18 community broadband centres (CBCs) in rural areas under MCMC’s Universal Service Provision programme.

“We have completed nine, including in Kota Samarahan, Julau, Dalat and Simunjan. We will complete the other nine by year-end,” he said.