TM’s telecommunication offering will be complete with the launch of its new 4G mobile service that’s happening on 13th April. At the moment, they have a triple play lineup with Fibre Internet, voice services and a formidable IPTV offering. Having a mobile service will be the final piece of the puzzle as TM will be able to cover users both at home and while on the go.
According to TM’s group CEO Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa in an interview with TheStar, it’s going to be exciting and they are on track to roll out its mobile service through P1.
TM is no rookie in the mobile business. They were a key stakeholder when Celcom first started and they had also started TM Touch with its 013 mobile number prefix. With TM acquiring P1 back in 2014, they now have access to run a 4G LTE network on 2600MHz in addition to its current 850MHz LTE network for TMgo.
So what about availability? TM’s new mobile network should be able to provide nationwide coverage from the get go. Similar to U Mobile, TM had signed domestic roaming agreement with Celcom which will keep you connected when TM’s 4G network isn’t available. In exchange, TM will enable Celcom to offer Fibre Broadband services on HSBB and provide robust high-bandwidth connectivity to Celcom’s 4G LTE sites.
Responding to critics, Zamzamzairani says that P1 is still a new investment and it will take a couple of years to turn profitable. He added that P1’s business has stabilised and they currently have 170,000 subscribers while TM’s own TMgo broadband service has 60,000 subscribers.
When touching on the subject of competition, Zamzamzairani added that senseless competition is not good for everyone but nonetheless, competition is good to keep TM on its toes. For us, consumers, we hope that TM will bring more to the table than just throwing cheaper data plans.
On the expansion of fibre broadband, TM is now in the next phase with High-Speed Broadband Phase 2 (HSBB2) which will include extensions in Sabah and Sarawak. In addition to fibre, TM also embarks on a Sub-Urban Broadband (SUBB) project that involves upgrading works of existing copper lines to support faster speeds up to 20Mbps. Both projects will be rolled out across a 10 year period.
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