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.
TM has officially unveiled its new affordable 100Mbps Fibre broadband plan that offers unlimited quota at RM129/month. This is essentially a 10Mbps Unifi Lite plan at RM129/month that’s “turboed” with 10X faster speeds. As a comparison, Unifi used to charge RM329/month for 100Mbps.
UPDATE: TM’s new 100Mbps Fibre broadband plan is now official. Details at the end of the post.
It appears that TM is following Maxis’ footsteps in making their 100Mbps Fibre Broadband plan more affordable to the masses. Currently priced at RM329/month, the 100Mbps Unifi plan is double the price of what Maxis and TIME broadband are offering but that could change in the next couple of days.
Unifi Basic was definitely one of the most interesting plans TM revealed during their big announcement back in July. I’d say it’s definitely in the top three because it made Unifi more affordable and more accessible to a much larger pool of people. However, the thing about Unifi Basic was that it came with an income requirement which certainly limited its adoption potential.
Today though, there is good news for those who were looking forward to the affordable Unifi Basic plan but wasn’t within the income bracket, because TM’s just announced a big change to the entry-level fibre plan.
Yesterday Maxis had announced their new affordable fibre broadband plans for both home and business users. Not only it’s significantly cheaper than before but Maxis has undercut other broadband players when it comes to unlimited fibre broadband offering.
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Maxis has finally revealed its new fibre broadband plans which are now more affordable than before. Following TM’s price reduction announcement, Maxis has slashed its broadband prices by 36%-65% and you can enjoy 30Mbps broadband with unlimited quota for less than RM100.
If you’re planning of terminating your current TM Unifi and Streamyx account, there’s now a new policy which takes effect from August 2018. Before visiting your nearest TMpoint, customers are now required to give TM an early notice.
A few days ago, TM had set up a page where you can check if you’re getting the announced speed upgrade. To recap, existing Unifi customers can get up to 10X faster speeds of up to 800Mbps while Streamyx customers will get 2X faster speeds. Unfortunately, due to high traffic, TM’s website couldn’t cope and many Unifi and Streamyx customers were unable to verify their status.
To address the issue, TM had sent out emails to selected customers to inform them that they are in line to get the speed upgrade. If you haven’t received it yet, you can check your inbox for the subject “Get ready for turbo speed Internet!”
UPDATE: Can’t check? TM will send an email to you instead.
To bring Malaysia’s internet up to speed, TM had announced a free speed upgrade for both Unifi and Streamyx customers. For those on Unifi Fibre Broadband, existing customers will get 10X speed upgrade of up to 800Mbps while Streamyx customers will get 2X faster speeds. To keep its customers informed, TM has released a page when you can check if you qualify for the speed upgrade and when you’re getting it.
UPDATE: TM Unifi Basic will be throttled to 128kbps when your quota is depleted.
To address the need for a cheaper broadband plan, TM has recently introduced its Unifi Basic plan that offers 30Mbps fibre broadband at RM79/month. If you’re interested, you can pre-order starting today and the plan will be available from 1st August 2018 onwards.