UPDATE: Celcom Home Broadband is now official. Available for FIRST Gold customers in the Klang Valley only.
The fixed fibre broadband scene is heating up as Celcom joins the race with their Home Broadband service offering speeds of up to 10Mbps.
UPDATE: TIME has responded, TM bites back. Round 2…fight!
UPDATE 2: And it looks like the battle has come to an end.
While our fibre broadband service providers are locked in a battle to provide the best value, customer service and Internet speeds, the real question everyone should be asking is…who would win in a battle of wits?
Ah, I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
For a long time now, the 4G operator scene in Malaysia has been dominated by four companies — Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile. However, at the end of last year, we reported that there would be a new player entering the scene in 2016 and it seems this could be it.
TIME made their move. Maxis followed soon after. Now, it’s TM’s turn to round up the trifecta of new plans with their new UniFi Pro plan that offers speeds of up to 100Mbps. As an early bird promo, TM is offering RM30/month off and you can start enjoying 100Mbps from as low as RM299/month with voice calls and IPTV bundled in.
UPDATE: We’ve updated the comparison to include TM’s new 100Mbps UniFi Pro plan.
UPDATE 2: Celcom’s Home Broadband joins the fray.
After the initial telco price war, it seems the battle has spilt over into the realm of fixed broadband services as the big-three fibre broadband service providers in Malaysia clash. The question is, which one is the best for you?
Don’t worry because, as usual, we’ve got you covered.
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As reported yesterday, TM customers on Unifi and Streamyx will be suffering slower internet speeds especially to sites and online services hosted in the US. They have just identified a submarine cable system as the root cause of the problem and a fix is underway. Unfortunately fixing a cable lying on the seabed isn’t easy and it will take a month before it gets a full restoration.
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UPDATE: A fault has been detected on a submarine cable affecting TM’s Cahaya Malaysia. Scheduled to be repaired by 31st March.
Having slow connectivity with your TM Unifi or Streamyx service? You’re not alone. TM has reported a network performance issue with international links to the US and North Asia. As a result, accessing websites and online services hosted in the US will be much slower than usual.
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UPDATE: TMgo Unlimited Postpaid Plan is available at limited areas. More details after the break.
TM is going big on 4G LTE this year. Before they launch their all-new mobile service via P1, TM is currently offering 4G LTE broadband through TMgo. Prior to this, TMgo is available only as a prepaid service and you can sign up for it with a USB dongle or a 4G MiFi hotspot device.
If you’re looking for something more permanent for the home, it appears that TM is now offering a postpaid plan that comes with unlimited quota. Sounds like the perfect plan if you can’t get streamyx or Unifi at home.
When TM introduced its new UniFi Advance Plan, it offered faster download speeds for less. The plan offered 30Mbps fibre broadband at RM179/month, while a faster 50Mbps connectivity can be yours at RM229/month.
While downloads are faster, many had frown upon its slower upload speeds. As a comparison, its original UniFi VIP plans offered symmetrical speeds (5Mbps download + 5Mbps upload or 10Mbps download + 10Mbps download). Probably after getting a lot of flak, TM has finally doubled its upload speeds on their latest plans.
Three telecommunication companies – Celcom, TM and P1 have come together to announce a series of network sharing agreements. This would enable the 3 telcos to expand their reach and to provide a better internet experience for their customers.
The first agreement inked between Celcom and TM is to extend its partnership in TM’s Next-Gen Backhaul service. This would help Celcom to accelerate its 4G LTE coverage by providing a robust and high bandwidth capacity to their sites through TM’s fibre network.