By Aini Raudhah Binti Roslam- UKM Industrial Trainee Student
Pix by Saliman Leman
BANGI, 6 June, 2011 – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) hopes the problems it faces over its internet connections within the campus is a thing of the past with YTL Comunications providing 4G mobile internet network infrastructure.
The 4G mobile internet network infrastructure to be provided by YTL Communications allows for the fastest wireless internet broadband for UKM staff and students.
This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UKM and YTL Communications last Friday. UKM has been facing two major problems over its internet connections within the campus over its rising internet network storage and single point failures.
“Apart from taking over the UKM’s online storage burden, the 4G network will become the alternative line to avoid single point of failure in the UKM,” said Executive Director of YTL Comunications, Yasmin Mahmood at the signing.
The MoU was signed the by Vice-Chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin and Yasmin.
The cooperation between them will be in the form of Education’s Partner Programme (EPP) which is a service provided by YTL to enable campus members to access internet anywhere and anytime. Campus members will enjoy 4G mobile internet network service and voice call at any of the university’s campuses in Bangi, Cheras or Kuala Lumpur at high speed but reasonably fair rate.
The cooperation also promise various offers to UKM students which are free 300 MB of data or 100 minutes of calls or 100 SMS (equilavent to RM 9) per month.
“By having the YTL 4G Program, UKM was hoping to build a more progressive learning environment that will nurture a powerful generation that can generate knowledge at their fingertips.
“This is the aim of the National Broadband Initiative aimed at making Malaysia a knowledge society so as to realise the goal of becoming a high income nation by 2020,” said Prof Sharifah Hapsah at the signing ceremony.
It was attended by senior UKM staff and Director of the UKM’s Information Technology Centre, Associate Professor Dr. Mohamad Shanuddin Zakaria.