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B05-10: To halve the price of broadband internet while doubling its speed

May 10, 2018
Oct 2018

Broadband prices come down

The Star October 08, 2018

PETALING JAYA: Government intervention has resulted in more than 30% reduction in broadband prices for entry-level packages. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said the implementation of the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP) led to the lower prices. The regulatory body said telcos such as Telekom Malaysia (TM), Maxis, Celcom and Time had announced new fixed broadband packages following the implementation of MSAP. “They are now offering entry-level packages, priced below RM100, as well as those with higher speeds at lower prices,” MCMC said. “The price reduction is in line with government efforts to provide world-class high quality services at affordable prices.” On June 20, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo announced that fixed broadband prices were expected to drop by at least 25% by year-end following the implementation of the MSAP. MSAP, which was implemented on June 8, required telcos to submit access agreements that would result in the reduction in fixed broadband prices to MCMC. A month later, Gobind said he hoped to see the country achieve a 95% broadband coverage in populated areas by 2020. Apart from entry-level packages, MCMC said the telcos had also announced plans to more than double the broadband speed at the same price. “In some cases, the speed increased by 10 times, such as that being offered by TM,” it said. It added that other telcos had also announced plans to introduce higher-speed packages, with Time leading the way via the introduction of a gigabit level package for RM199. “This is the first time that a gigabit level speed is being made available to a significant segment of the population in Malaysia,” said MCMC.

Jul 2018

Affordable 30Mbps unifi below RM100 for poorer folks, others get free upgrade says Telekom

The Star July 03, 2018

Affordable 30Mbps unifi below RM100 for poorer folks, others get free upgrade says Telekom Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) will introduce an affordable entry level unifi @ 30Mbps for targeted B40 segment of the population. This would be below RM100, which is more than 40% below the existing 30Mbps package. Acting group CEO Datuk Bazlan Osman said on Tuesday that TM would also have unifi “turbo” plans offering more than double the speed. He said there would be a special package upgrade for pre-unifi (formerly known as Streamyx) customers in unifi areas nationwide. There would also be a re-launch of “unlimited” unifi mobile postpaid plan. Bazlan said the introduction of its new broadband and mobile plans to boost its market leadership position and deliver on the national broadband aspiration with respect to price, speed and coverage. The new plans are as detailed below: 1. A new affordable entry level unifi package at 30Mbps for targeted B40 segment. Lower income groups can access high-speed broadband through this package at a price point below RM100 (more than 40% lower price from the existing 30Mbps package). Registration for pre-booking starts 15 July 2018 via unifi.com.my. 2. unifi ‘turbo’ plans offering more than double the current broadband speed. TM will gradually upgrade the speed for all its existing unifi customers at more than double the speed at no extra cost starting 15 August 2018, while new customers subscribing to existing unifi plans before 31 December 2018 will also be upgraded accordingly in 2019. 3. Special package upgrade for pre-unifi (formerly known as Streamyx) customers in unifi areas nationwide. Eligibility status check will be available via unifi.com.my from 15 July 2018. Note: All above are subject to technical availability in customers’ areas and terms & conditions. 4. A re-launch of its ‘unlimited’ unifi Mobile postpaid plan, which gives customers unlimited data, calls and messaging. This serves as a convergence offering exclusive to existing broadband customers and will be available at all unifi outlets and unifi.com.my from 15 July 2018. Bazlan said as Malaysia’s convergence champion, “we believe that internet access is a critical enabler to grow our digital and creative economy towards making life and business easier for all”. Curently, TM serves nearly two million broadband homes, more than 8 million individuals and connect more than 10 million devices nationwide. He said the plans were to meet Malaysians' demand for faster internet connection at affordable prices, which has been its aspiration since the launch of unifi in 2010. In October 2016, it announced its Broadband Improvement Plan (BIP), with speed increase upgrades of up to 100Mbps at the same price and completed the exercise in 2017 to benefit close to one million broadband customers nationwide, including 323,000 pre-unifi customers. “Currently, we have started contacting our pre-unifi customers in unifi areas for an upgrade to unifi plans. “For others not in unifi areas, we will continuously invest in our network to provide at least our 30Mbps entry level unifi package through the latest fixed and wireless broadband technologies. “Collectively, these new Broadband plans will catapult Malaysia beyond a majority of our regional peers into a competitive set of countries globally with high-speed broadband,” he added.

Jun 2018

Broadband prices to fall at least 25% by year end, says Gobind

The Edge Markets June 20, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (June 20): Broadband users should expect prices to fall by at least 25% by the end of the year, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. This follows the implementation of the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP) by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on June 8. In a statement today, Gobind said the relevant parties are currently in commercial discussions to finalise the wholesale prices. “I am made to understand that this process is scheduled to be concluded by the July/August timeframe after which new lower-priced broadband packages are expected to be rolled out to consumers,” said Gobind, adding that lowering wholesale prices should translate to lower retail prices for consumers. He highlighted that the revised prices should have come into effect on Jan 1 this year, but that the revised prices were not implemented as Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) had appealed to MCMC to reconsider its position on some of the pricing components. "Hence, the decision to revise the prices for broadband was thereafter put on hold pending consideration of the Minister of Communications and Multimedia. “Upon my appointment as Minister of Communications and Multimedia, I announced that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government would take steps to reduce the prices of broadband in the country and increase its speed,” said Gobind. “This hopefully will result in a reduction of broadband prices across Malaysia by at least 25%, by the end of the year,” he added. Gobind also announced that the government would consider recognising access to internet as a basic human right in Malaysia, even to the extent, if practicable, a constitutional right. He explained that this is in recognition of the fact that broadband services are critical for the transformation of our nation into a digital economy and to ensure that all Malaysians have access to information. Furthermore, access to broadband is critical to ensure that all Malaysians are able to enjoy all the benefits that an e-industry can offer, he said. “In addition to this, I have directed MCMC to consider other options available which would further reduce the prices of broadband,” Gobind said, adding that he had instructed MCMC to monitor broadband prices in Malaysia to ensure affordable entry-level packages are offered to Malaysians.

May 2018

Gobind to meet telcos in next two weeks on double-internet-speed-at-half-the-price plan

The Edge Markets May 30, 2018

PUTRAJAYA (May 30): Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo said he will be meeting local telecommunication companies in the next two weeks to discuss the Ministry’s call to double the internet speed in the country at half the price. At a Press conference today, Gobind was asked whether halving the internet subscription prices would negatively affect the telco industry, and he said the Ministry’s heads of department have come up with proposals which he thinks are “workable”. “We are looking at two aspects, [the] first is [to] double the speed, so we are looking at whether we can do that as soon as possible. The other is halving the cost, it may have an impact [on telcos’ financials], but we have certain plans in mind, there are certain ways and means by which we can sit and negotiate, even press for a structure by which prices can be reduced,” he said. “We are still working on this, I have held meetings with relevant departments, they have shown me their proposals and I think they are workable. I will meet with telcos perhaps next week or the following week to discuss the way forward,” he said. Yesterday, rating agency Moody's lowered Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s (TM) baseline credit assessment to baa1 from a3. Moody's said it expects revenue growth to remain muted around 1%-2% over the next 12-24 months, particularly as the government looks to effect a reduction in broadband pricing by 2019. At the same time, it said a material improvement in TM operating margin is unlikely, given competitive pressures and the high network costs associated with the mobile business. Most telcos’ share prices declined at market close today, in line with broader market, with TM falling 23 sen or 5.96% to RM3.63, Axiata Group Bhd fell 11 sen or 2.52% to RM4.25, DiGi.Com Bhd dropped 19 sen or 4.28% to RM4.25, Time dotcom Bhd declined by two sen or 0.25% to RM7.97, while Maxis Bhd also fell by one sen or 0.17% to RM5.77.