Here’s how you can enjoy high-speed internet in areas without 4G or wired broadband coverage


This post is brought to you by CONNECTme

Recently, it was proposed that internet access is made a constitutional right in Malaysia. Ideally, fibre broadband is the way to go with faster and reliable access that’s cost effective. Unfortunately, fibre broadband coverage is only limited to urban areas with high density, and as a result, there are many Malaysians that are deprived of high-speed broadband access.

Sure, there are other alternative technologies that can provide faster access, and this include 4G LTE. It’s faster to deploy but despite most mobile players claiming as high as 90% coverage, that often refers to population instead of geographical coverage. That leaves many underserved Malaysians without access to even 4G.

Even if you’re covered by both wired and wireless technology, there are residents that can’t apply for broadband due to insufficient fibre ports or their wireless networks are simply too congested to provide a decent experience.

If this is your situation, there’s now a third option to consider which can provide high-speed internet no matter where you are in Malaysia.

CONNECTme is a satellite based broadband provider that can provide 100% coverage throughout Malaysia. If your area isn’t covered by fibre or 4G access, you can still enjoy speeds of up to 25Mbps. That’s higher than the 20Mbps target set under the Sub-Urban Broadband (SUBB) program. While the government is slowly trying to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas, you can get connected at faster speeds from as little as RM128/month.

Unlike typical broadband service, CONNECTme uses a satellite dish that’s installed on the wall or on the roof of your house. Similar to satellite PayTV service, it requires a clear line of sight and the dish is connected to an indoor unit. You can then share your connection with other devices at home via a WiFi router.

Since it’s satellite transmission, there are a couple of things that you should know. The ping response time is higher as the radio signal takes quarter of a second to reach the satellite one way. This won’t be ideal for real-time online gaming but it should be sufficient for web browsing, video streaming and VOIP services.

Rain can also affect the satellite transmission and according to CONNECTme, you may experience a slower experience for about 15-30 minutes during a normal downpour.

If you want a fast broadband solution that can be deployed anywhere in Malaysia, CONNECTme is the solution you’ve been looking for. Now they are offering discounts of up to 50% for its broadband plans. The base plan is priced at RM128 and it comes with 40GB (15GB Peak + 25GB Offpeak) quota each month. If you need more, there’s a higher 60GB (25GB Peak + 35GB offpeak) option at RM158/month, while the highest offering with 80GB (40GB peak + 40GB offpeak) costs RM198/month.

Take note that peak hours are between 6AM to 12AM daily, while offpeak hours are scheduled between 12AM to 6AM daily which you can utilise to download software updates as well as video and music content for offline usage. All plans are tied with a 24-month contract and you do have the option to purchase more quota if required.

There’s no need to check if your area is covered as CONNECTme covers every inch of Malaysia, guaranteed! If it doesn’t, CONNECTme will give you your money back.

If you’re interested, you can learn more and register at CONNECTme.my.