Sarawak must move away from its traditional agriculture-based economy into a digital economy.

The transformation can be achieved if it has reliable and faster internet connectivity said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari.

The State is urging MCMC to upgrade its current trunk network speed to be at least at a speed 2Tbps (terabyte per second) as it will be capable of transferring data at speeds of over 300 megabits per second (Mbps) covering both rural and urban areas, said Abang Johari.

The cost of upgrading the trunk infrastructure would at least RM2billion and State government is allocating RM1bil and had requested Federal government for a matching grant.

According to the Chief Minister, Sarawak can’t afford to have a speed of only 100Mbps for Kuching proper and in rural areas of only 20Mbps as currently being rolled out by MCMC if we are to achieve TN50 (National Transformation in the year 2050) he said.

MCMC is allocating only RM500mil to upgrade Sarawak network speed – which according to Johari is too little.