Case Study: Wi-Fi Solution for Saluran Sarawak

Kiwire expanding wifi coverage is vital to ensure the availability of telco services to the rakyat in all corners of the nation.

Introduction

We are delighted and proud to announce our cooperation with Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA)’s Linking Urban, Rural and Nation (Saluran) initiative – or WiFi Saluran (WS).

The WS project is about installing Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) to targeted remote rural areas as interim solutions to the First-300 telecommunication tower project.

Solutions Our Kiwire Cloud Wi-Fi solutions enable to deploy about 200 locations in Sarawak where Kiwire integrated with Sarawak Pay and Sarawak ID. We target to enhancing and expanding wifi coverage is vital to ensure the availability of telco services to the rakyat in all corners of the nation. The Mikrotik RB951Ui-2HnD as the access control units at the other ends would connect to third party access points and the RB951Ui-2HnD which would then distribute the wifi signal to the clients. The RB951Ui-2HnD is a wireless SOHO AP with a new generation Atheros CPU and more processing power. It has five Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0 port and a high power 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n wireless AP with antennas built in. Challenges


Despite the challenges of last-minute Covid-19-related lockdown decisions, SMA said the installation of WS had kept pace with the completion timeline thus far.

The full deployment of 200 VSAT terminals would eventually cover all districts in Sarawak, which is expected to reach completion by end of March 2021.


The pandemic had definitely heightened the urgency to address connectivity issue in a land mass the size of Sarawak. The SMA had pulled out all the stops to fast-track various connectivity projects as mandated by the Sarawak government.



Results


According to SMA, 102 rural communities between Lundu and Subis and those from Mukah to Baram, are now enjoying satellite broadband service.

The WS project is about installing Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) to targeted remote rural areas as interim solutions to the First-300 telecommunication tower project.