ICT and Bridging Digital Divide
Bridging the digital divide initiativesâ€™ between urban and rural in Malaysia have been significant since rise of Information Technology revolution around the entire world particularly, in developed countries. Empower people with access to computing and internet let them get new ideas, knowledge, technology, cultures and myriad new skills, especially the youth segment (Pandey, Goel & Gangal 2008).
The development of ICT at the global level has prompted the Malaysian government to strengthen the role of ICT in national economic development (International Development Research Centre 2010). Singapore and Malaysia have been singled out for their success in promoting economic development through severe development policies, including support for the growth of a knowledge-based economy and the formation of knowledge societies. In spite of all that government local and global initiatives still a disturbing phenomenon which is Digital divide between Malaysian (Evers & Gerke, 2004).
Broadband Access Technologies
According to Malaysia Internet Usage Stats and Marketing Report (2010), in 2004 the number of subscribers was 2.9 million, in 2005 it increased to 3.5 million subscribers, and in 2006 the number of subscribers in Malaysia was close to five million. This is an encouraging growing trend, and most of the Internet subscribers were eyeing for high speed broadband infrastructure. According to the Malaysia - Telecommunications Infrastructure Report (2010), the building of Malaysiaâ€™s telecommunications infrastructure has seen extensive fiber optic networks installed across the length and breadth of the country. A prime example has been the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project.