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05 Feb 2010

Digi To Invest RM100 Million To Widen Services In Perak And Sarawak

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd is set to invest RM100 million in an effort to broaden its Turbo3G network and mobile Internet services in Perak and Sarawak over the next three years.

The investment will be used to increase the population coverage in the two states and to widen the Turbo 3G services to other main towns in Perak and Sarawak, DiGi said in a statement Friday.

"Our current population coverage of 68 per cent in Ipoh and 45 per cent in Kuching will experience a growth of 98 per cent and 55 per cent coverage respectively by March this year," said chief executive officer Johan Dennelind.

"As at present, we are only available in Ipoh and Kuching, we are looking to expand the services to Taiping, Kamunting and Kampar in Perak and Miri in Sarawak by the second half of 2010," he said.

Dennelind said that DiGi, with 29 per cent population coverage in Malaysia to date, was planning to launch its mobile Internet services in more than three new market centres this year.

"Our mobile Internet service is available in five states currently, and we hope to penetrate more markets with Johor Baharu as the next launch location," he said.

In addition to Perak and Sarawak, DiGi today reaches almost 100 per cent population coverage of Kota Kinabalu and 70 per cent of both the Klang Valley and Penang.

The company currently has more than 500,000 cumulative 3G mobile Internet customers, out of which around 10 per cent are mobile broadband customers.

-- BERNAMA