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To improve Malaysia’s digital economy, the government had allocated RM1 billion for the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan under Budget 2019. This will be utilised to further develop fibre optic infrastructure and to ensure effective distribution of spectrum throughout Malaysia.
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UPDATE: TM has responded to our concerns. Find their full response below.
Malaysia has been through quite the fibre renaissance recently. Spearheaded by the nation’s largest fibre broadband provider — Telekom Malaysia — Unifi‘s Turbo initiative ushered in a new age of fibre for the country. Not only were ISPs across the board providing faster speeds than ever before, we’ve also seen a considerable reduction in price-per-Mbps so a high-speed fibre connection is now more affordable than ever too.
But, in the midst of this wonderful news, was fa big messy ball of yarn that was Unifi’s plan for rolling out the Unifi Turbo speed upgrades. At first, we were led to believe that this messy situation was inevitable, but subsequent fibre revamps by other ISPs like Maxis Fibre and TIME Fibre proved that this was a problem that was entirely avoidable. What went wrong?
Fibre broadband has gotten faster and cheaper in Malaysia. Just recently, TIME had introduced its 1Gbps fibre broadband plan at RM199/month. Now another fibre broadband provider, ViewQwest, is offering gigabit speeds for less at only RM148/month.
Digi has just revised their wireless broadband offering with more data quota at the same price. The plans start from RM45/month and they offer up to 100GB quota which can be used as a portable WiFi or as a home broadband solution.
TIME has just introduced its fastest fibre broadband offering yet with 1Gbps. That’s double the speed that’s offered previously and it’s 10X faster than what Maxis and TM are offering to new subscribers. On top of that, they are also offering the most affordable 100Mbps plan in the country.
UPDATE: Existing TIME customers are automatically upgraded to faster speeds without any changes to their contract. 100Mbps gets 500Mbps while 300Mbps and 500Mbps customers will get upgraded to 1Gbps.
There’s never been a more exciting time for fibre broadband in Malaysia. Two months ago, TM had announced their Unifi Turbo upgrade plans with speeds of up to 800Mbps, while Maxis and Celcom had also slashed prices for their fibre home broadband offering.
Now it appears that TIME has finally responded to TM by offering speed upgrades of their own. You can get a 1Gbps Fibre Broadband plan for less than RM300/month.
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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.
Earlier this year, TM announced that they will be offering a free Unifi upgrade to a number of Streamyx users. However, there are still a large number of TM customers that are still connected on Streamyx. If you are not sure whether you are eligible for the upgrade, don’t worry, TM’s got an easy way for you to check. Read the rest of this entry »
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is more than just an electric utility company. Apart from supplying electricity for Peninsular Malaysia, the company has the means to provide broadband on their existing infrastructure.
To support the government’s National Connectivity Plan, TNB is kicking off a pilot project in Jasin, Melaka which aims to provide faster, cheaper and wider internet accessibility for Malaysians. This will be a new High Speed Broadband (HSBB) network and it could connect underserved areas that are not covered by existing fibre broadband providers.