GEORGE TOWN: Penang is well on its way to becoming a high-tech state through the Penang Connectivity Master Plan (PCMP) which was announced today.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that the PCMP will make Penang the first in the country to harness gigabyte broadband speeds for all telecommunication companies.

He said this was in line with the state’s Penang 2030 vision of becoming a smart state.

“We want to become a smart state. Hence, we introduced the PCMP while gathering the heads of all telecommunication companies to discuss and make this a reality.

“This is the first time the state government is gathering all the telecommunication companies. We are thrilled to work together to become the first gigabyte state,” he said at a press conference today.

Also present were Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Al Ishsal Ishak, Digi chief executive officer (CEO) Albern Murty, Maxis CEO Gokhan Ogut, Celcom CEO Idham Nawai and U Mobile technical chief officer Woon Ooi Yen.

The PCMP will be a collaboration of seven telecommunication companies and it will operate under State Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari.

Zairil, meanwhile, said they will create a draft of the complete plans, adding that the project will be carried out under the PCMP.

A monthly meeting together with the seven telecommunication companies will be held under the Penang Telecommunication Infrastructure Committee, he said.

“We have yet to come up with the detailed plan and this will take up to six months before we announce it.

“In the meeting, we will also discuss how to optimise the telecommunication infrastructure to benefit both the people and commercial parties,” he said.