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KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — The newly-launched Measat-3d satellite is important for Malaysia to achieve its 100 per cent Internet coverage target before 2025 and improve the quality of its broadband services, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said.

He said this was because the services offered by the satellite can be fully utilised in a couple of months’ time.

“So, there are two important aspects relating to the launch of the satellite today. Firstly, it will enable us to achieve 100 per cent Internet coverage for all populated areas before 2025.

“And secondly, we will be able to improve the quality of broadband services, improve high-speed services to be as good as the fibre optic network that we are implementing in developed areas,” he told reporters when met after watching the live streaming of the launching ceremony at the World Trade Centre here early today.

Malaysia, through Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd (Measat), launched the Measat-3d satellite into orbit on the Ariane-5 rocket from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, South America, at 5.50am Malaysian time today (6.50pm local time on June 22).

Measat-3d, which is Measat’s eighth and most advanced satellite, costs RM1.2 billion with a lifespan of 18 years and is expected to improve the communication services to Malaysia and regional countries.

It is also expected to bridge the digital connectivity gap and shape a better connectivity future for Malaysians in line with the government’s initiatives through the National Digital Network (Jendela) plan. — Bernama

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