The cost of broadband has always been a hot topic among Malaysians. Even with TM’s new Unifi plans that offer faster speeds for less, many had frown upon the removal of its cheaper 5Mbps option at RM149/month.
For those with the need for speed, it can get ridiculously expensive. Maxis offers 100Mbps broadband for a colossal RM398/month. Alternatively, TIME is also offering 100Mbps at a cheaper RM179/month but it comes with a 100GB cap.
Is there a way for Malaysians to get faster speeds at lower prices? A Singaporean broadband company wants to make it possible when it comes to Malaysia.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has been slaving away tinkering and adjusting the scale of the annual Budget announcement. Being hard hit by drops in oil trade prices due to an excess of supply and micromanaging the qualms of 1MDB, our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has a lot on his hands – if that wasn’t clear enough. But will the ICT market win or lose when Budget 2016 is read?
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Earlier on TM has teased us that everything is going to be changed on 15th of October. As we are just 2 days to go, TM has released its new microsite which gives us a tiny bit more clues on what to expect on the actual day.
Again toying with the notion of launching a smart phone, the new site reads “A breakthrough device enhanced with Unifi” with the claim of providing the best broadband experience for your device.
A week before the iPhone 6s lands officially in Malaysia, TM has teased 15th of October as the day of change. What is a broadband company like TM doing ahead of probably the most anticipated phone launches of the year?
If you got the need for speed, Maxis has introduced its fastest 100Mbps fibre broadband plan for residential use. Before this, home users are limited to Time Broadband’s 100Mbps offering at RM179 which has limited service area. TM on the other hand does offer 100Mbps connectivity but it is only for commercial users at the moment.
With 100Mbps, you can stream ultra high resolution videos in 4K UHD and Maxis claims that it comes with unlimited data usage. If you’re a MaxisOne plan customer, you can get additional discount up to RM68/month.
Apart from its postpaid plans, U Mobile is packing more value to its wireless broadband plans by adding an extra 2GB of all-day data quota. Its current MB68 of RM68/month now offers an accumulative 12GB of data instead of the usual 10GB (5GB all-day + 5GB off peak) per month. If you need a modem or a MiFi Hotspot (3G 21Mbps model), U Mobile is offering them for free without contract.
With the dreaded GST landing today, lots of items will have the additional Goods and Service Tax applied on them, and the same goes for your postpaid and data subscriptions. As we already know the 6% GST will also be applied to mobile devices like tablets, smartphones, certain apps as well as other telecommunication products and services.
But what people don’t know is that mobile communications services have already had a 6% service tax on postpaid services to begin with of which will be replaced by the 6% GST. How much of a change this will incur is still up to debate but it shouldn’t change too much for the postpaid, broadband and data users.
The price of prepaid services and corresponding airtime for SIM Packs, Starter Packs and Reload Coupons will be maintained but as part of GST accordance telcos are required to charge 6% GST on top of these prices but all international roaming charges are not subject to GST as they are classified as a zero-rated supply.
Telekom Malaysia has announced that it has detected a “fault” on the Asia-America Gateway (also known as the AAG) submarine cable system at a segment near the Philippines linking Malaysia to the United States and North Asia. The damaged segment is causing slow connections to sites and servers hosted in the US and North Asia when accessed from Malaysia.
The consortium that manages and maintains the AAG (in which TM is a part of) have already started repairs, service is expected to return to normal by Saturday 7 Feb — that is, if weather and sea conditions remain ideal. In the meantime, TM is diverting traffic to alternative routes to minimise impact to user.
Located along one of the busiest sea lanes in the world, the AAG is prone to damage both by ships and weather conditions. The last time the AAG cable system was damaged was in September 2014 and it took almost a month for restoration works to be completed.
If you have any questions or require any assistance, you can get in touch with TM via email at email@example.com for Streamyx customers and firstname.lastname@example.org for UniFi customers, or you can reach them on Twitter at @TMConnects.
You probably might not realise it but the undersea cable fault that crippled our internet speeds last month has finally being fixed. TM has reported that restoration works have been completed, and international internet traffic between Asia and the US should be back to normal.
The problem had occurred right after Malaysia Day and many users had been complaining of incredibly slow speeds connecting to various international sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The faulty 20,000KM high bandwidth fibre optic cable not only affected Malaysia but other operators around the region that rely on AAG for international traffic. It was earlier estimated that the issue would be restored by 6th October this week.
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If you’re having a slow internet experience, it is not just you. An undersea cable had broke recently and this is causing a slow down for international web traffic between South East Asia and the US. Considering most of our online content comes from US sites, this would greatly impact majority of internet users in the Malaysia.
The issue had started since Tuesday night and TM has issued an announcement that customers will be facing degradation of internet service. TM has updated that repair plans are under way and it is targeted to be completed by 6th October, subject to weather and sea conditions. As this is an international link, the problem isn’t isolated just to TM or Malaysia but it affects internet users around region.