Superfast internet for Georgetown

People in George Town can enjoy high speed internet starting March 1.

By Huzraifah Atikah

Ever felt like screaming at your PC as it seems to take an eternity for websites to load?

Well, you are not the only one who feels that way.  

In fact, you are not truly a Malaysian if you had never complained even once about slow internet connection. 

But it has been improving over the years and Malaysia is now the 26th fastest country in the world with an average internet speed of 61.97 Mbps.

Now Penang folks may have more reasons to celebrate. George Town will be the first Asian city to have a super fast internet speeds of up to 1.7Gbps. Wow!

It will be a six-month trial of Facebook's new wireless internet technology starting Mar 1.

Malaysia will be the second country in the world to run trials for the new technology after Hungary. It will be run by YTL Communications, in collaboration with Facebook. 

The high-speed wireless internet technology Terragraph is also known to be greener, cheaper, flexible, and less time-consuming to implement.

Its aim is to bring internet connectivity to urban areas without laying down fibre optic cables.

Laying down fibre optic cables in the UNESCO-listed George Town would be difficult and possibly damage its historical infrastructure.

So it seems George Town was chosen as it was perfect to run the Terragraph trials.

Terragraph can provide a city with high-speed broadband access by simply attaching small nodes to existing city infrastructure such as street lamps, traffic lights and utility poles.

A speed test conducted during the official launch showed Terragraph reaching speeds of up to 1.3Gbps for downloads and 1.7Gbps for uploads.

Sounds amazing, isn’t it?

Netizens were also quick to react to this news.

Here’s what they said: