The rainy season is in full effect now with many parts of the country experiencing constant downpour each day. And with the tide phenomenon that is expected to occur in the Straits of Tebrau from the 24th to 30th of November is likely to mean more trouble for affected locals.
Malaysia has had its fair share of flood woes in the past and since it’s the rainy season again, the folks at Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM) have decided to take a more proactive role to ensure effective communication during these potentially trying times remains strong.
Population coverage for 4G LTE has been a hotly debated topic of recent times; at least for two telcos – Digi and Maxis. This overdrawn rally between the two has managed to do one thing, get both their customers rattled up. We’re seeing more negative comments from our readers of late, regarding their own experiences on the two networks. When push comes to shove, what we need are clear outlines on how each cellular provider measures themselves, and this is essentially what Maxis talked about earlier today.
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The 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) issue has being in limelight lately and things got heaten up with the recent report published by the Wall Street Journal. With the on going legal action and investigations, the social space has been buzzing like crazy with hot juicy stories surrounding the issue.
Before you share such news on your Facebook or WhatsApp group, the MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) would like to remind you to stop spreading unverified info or else you’ll find yourself in some serious trouble.
Several states in Malaysia have been hit with devastating floods which displaced over 100,000 people. In this time of need, they would need all the help they could get such as essential goods and monetary fund. Apart from the supply collection drive that’s being held nationwide, MCMC has open an SMS donation channel where you can contribute directly from your mobile phone.
To donate, just SMS BANJIR followed by the amount to 13999. (e.g. “BANJIR 20″ for RM20 donation). Your contribution can be made in RM1, RM3, RM5, RM10, RM15, RM20, RM30, RM40 or RM50. All funds will be channelled to MCMC Humanitarian Fund and this can be made across all mobile networks in Malaysia including MVNOs.
For those residing at flood affected areas, communication services may get interrupted due to congestion and some base stations may be off from electricity supply. MCMC urge users to restrict usage to essential communication only to give way for search and rescue efforts. Stranded users are urged to conserve as much power as possible and we recommend switching power saving modes for longer battery life.
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The fast pace of technology has changed the way we consume content. With the growing internet penetration for both home and mobile, demand for online content is set to grow whether its social, application, music or music.
As more people are switching to online, there’s still a gap when it comes to local content. Most of the content consumed are from overseas and there’s a huge untapped opportunity for our budding local content makers. To instil interest and awareness of content development, the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is organising KL Converge, a 3 day event that’s happening on 17 to 19 September at KL Convention Centre.
With thousands killed and over a million affected in the on going Gaza crisis, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has started a humanitarian fund. Now anyone with a mobile phone can send their contributions via SMS from as low as RM1. No matter how big or small, every single contribution can make a difference to those in need.
Your mobile donation can be made with the denomination of RM1, RM3, RM5, RM10 or RM20. All you need to do is SMS “GAZA” followed by the amount (e.g. “GAZA 5″ for RM5 or “GAZA 20″ for RM20) to 13999. All contributions will be channelled through MCMC’s humanitarian fund.
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While the Government and telcos are busy imposing taxes on prepaid packs and reloads, what are they doing to protect subscribers from scammers like this one.
These vermin are getting creative with the way they bait unsuspecting subscribers and its easy to fall into their trap if you’re not careful.
Don’t fall victim to such scams, following the instructions on the such messages will allow these companies to send more text messages to your mobile number and charge you ridiculous amounts of money for receiving them. Worst of all, it’s almost impossible for an unknowing subscriber to unsubscribe to the service.
Best to ignore such SMS and submit a formal complaint to MCMC and your service provider. At the same time the regulators and the industry are not doing enough to eliminate these scams. It’s disturbing to see that such scams are still running rampant.
So it seems Malaysia has a new 4G operator.
Yesterday, Puncak Semangat Sdn. Bhd. (PSSB) announced that it will be the first Bumiputera company to offer telecommunications services based on LTE. It’s Managing Director, Datuk Abdullah Kadir Bacha says that the services PSSB will offer will reduce the digital gap between rural and urban areas by offering broadband access and related content to all Malaysians — all the same-old, same-old PR speak.
PSSB says that it wants to deploy a nationwide 4G network based on LTE but there was no timeline given on when this network will be deployed.
PSSB is a privately owned company that was founded in 1993 with five other subsidiaries under its name.
A quick check on Google revealed very little about PSSB and its MD that’s relevant to this news. Building a mobile network is tremendously complex and requires huge sums of money. In the course of the mobile industry in Malaysia, many have tried and many have failed. In terms of 4G, out of the four, all but only two WiMAX operators are actively in business at the moment. Even established 3G operators are cautious when it comes to 4G deploymen though Maxis and DiGi have indicated that they are looking to deploy LTE networks sometime in 2012.
So the question is, does PSSB have what it takes to deploy a nationwide 4G network? We’re not saying “no” but looking at past records of other operators and judging by the lack of background info on PSSB, its difficult to say “yes” as well.
What do you think?
Selangor State Assemblymen for Seri Setia and Parti Keadilan Communications Director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad claims that reliable sources have informed him that Bukit Aman had called for a meeting amongst telcos to discuss the possibility of disrupting access to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter on July 8 and 9.
If this is true, one can construe the order by Bukit aman to be in direct violation of the Malaysian Multimedia Act that guarantees that there will be no censorship of the Internet in Malaysia, and it contradicts what Prime Minister Najib Razak has said in April of this year where he promised that there will never be any form of censorship of the internet, though in this case the term censorship appears to be very vague.
Before anyone goes panicking, we must stress that this bit of information is remains UNCONFIRMED. Even if the meeting did happen it now remains to be seen if the operators summoned by Bukit Aman will execute the order to disrupt access social networking sites this weekend. But the reality remains, as with any heavily regulated industry, if the order does come it, there is very little the players within that industry can do but to comply to the directive.
We surely home that its doesn’t come to this.
The days of specific number prefixes to identify telcos and 7-digit mobile phone numbers are, well, numbered.
Starting from December 15, all mobile operators will issue new mobile registrations with a universal prefix and 8-digit mobile number. However subscribers with existing (read: virtually everyone) 7-digit mobile numbers will not have to worry as they can still continue using their mobile number.
For those of you who are rearing to get a nice number with the new prefix we have to tell you that although MCMC stipulates that the date of implementation of this new 3+8 number system is December 15, not all telcos will be giving out 011 numbers on that day.
This is stated in DiGi’s FAQ on the subject matter which can be found here.
From DiGi FAQ Question 5:
Will the new 011 prefix be available from 15 December 2010 as stated on the SKMM announcement?
The date stated on the SKMM announcement (15 December 2010) is a target date by which all systems needed to launch the 3 + 8 number range for all mobile service providers should be ready.
and question 7:
If there are no 011 prefixes available on 15 December 2010, when will DiGi launch its 3 + 8 number range (011 prefix with an 8-digit mobile number)?
DiGi will announce the launch of its new 3 + 8 number range once on www.digi.com.my or www.happy.com.my once the 011 prefix is available for customers.
Some of you may recall that this 011 prefix is not new and was previously used for Telekom Malaysia’s ATUR 450 mobile service.
Official MCMC press release from MCMC after the jump.