MSA Resources Sdn Bhd (MSAR) has launched a RM300 million Highway Digital Network project to build and operate fibre-optic cables along the highways in Malaysia. The project is expected to be executed in stages with completion scheduled for 2025. The installation of about 4,000 points of interconnection (POIs) along the national highways will enable high-speed internet coverage in all of Malaysia’s districts and states.

In the first phase, fibre optic cables will be installed from Johor Bahru to Bukit Kayu Hitam in Perlis. This work is scheduled to be finished in December 2022. The second phase involves the stretch between the North–South Expressway in Shah Alam and the East Coast Highway in Port Klang while the final stage will include installation on highways in the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

Additionally, the Highway Digital Network project will aid in enhancing Malaysia’s transport infrastructure. Among other plans, Internet of Things (IoT) will be deployed in information systems for autonomous vehicles on roads and highways.

The project has been approved by the Ministry of Works (MoW) and is in line with the government’s National Digital Network plan (Jendela).