This article is based on a statement made by YTL Communications.
There have been several media reports on the progress of the 1BestariNet project that’s being executed by YTL Communications Sdn Bhd (YTLC). To clear the air, YTLC has issued a statement to clarify its appointment, project goals and challenges.
Bidding for 1BestariNet
The 1BestariNet project was developed in response to the recommendations from a study by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Prime Minister’s Office in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group on the role of ICT in education. 1BestariNet was planned as a replacement and improvement for the SchoolNet service that expired at the end of 2010.
YTLC was among 19 companies that tendered their bids for the project. In 2011, the Ministry of Education had selected YTLC for being the most technically complaint and most cost-effective bid at RM663 million. Among the factors include YTLC’s proposal to fully fund the capital investment in mobile 4G technology without any cost to taxpayers or the Ministry of Education.
Importance of high-speed connectivity
International success stories in ICT adoption point to the importance of having high-speed internet coverage across the entire nation, not just in the key cities; providing access to this connectivity with affordable rates; and creating a generation of digital natives by cultivating immersive familiarity with the benefits of ICT, starting from the classroom.