By Alexander Wong | 19 Comments
By Alexander Wong | 10 Comments
To support the government’s call for high-speed broadband accessibility at affordable prices, Celcom has just revised its Fibre Broadband offering in Sabah. Previously, they are offering 40Mbps Fibre Broadband with unlimited quota at RM180/month and now it’s available for only RM80/month. That’s cheaper and faster than Maxis’ new broadband plans.
Celcom has just rolled out its high-speed fibre broadband service in Sabah which will cover both rural and urban areas. This is in line with state government’s agenda for a Sabah Smart City by providing fast internet speeds at lower prices. The Sabah focused broadband service is handled by Celcom Timur Sdn Bhd.
In a media event this morning, Celcom has reemphasised their most premium postpaid yet with its new FIRST Platinum plan. This is the highest tier in the FIRST postpaid family, offering the most amount of data with unlimited calls and SMS at RM150/month.
UPDATE: Celcom Home Broadband is now official. Available for FIRST Gold customers in the Klang Valley only.
The fixed fibre broadband scene is heating up as Celcom joins the race with their Home Broadband service offering speeds of up to 10Mbps.
Celcom makes it as the third mobile operator to enter the home fibre market with its very own FTTH packages called “Celcom Home First”. The operator offers four packages ranging from a 4mbps/RM128/month “Lite” package to the top-of-the-line 24mbps/RM318/month “Pro” package.
Unlike TM’s triple-play (video, internet and voice) UniFi, Celcom’s fibre product offers internet and fixed voice in one connection which is similar to the FTTH products from Maxis and P1. Similar also to Maxis, Celcom Home First subscribers get additional mobile minutes if they have a Celcom postpaid line as well.
If you don’t already know this, all of the mobile operators currently offering FTTH packages ride on TM’s existing HSBB infrastructure, so in terms of coverage and availability, we assume that where TM’s UniFi is available, Celcom, Maxis and P1 are available as well.
Comparison at a glance
Just looking at the plan without taking into account the bundled minutes etc, the Celcom First Home appears to be costlier compared to Maxis just by speed and data quota alone. But it’s important to point out that no operator currently has implemented FUP for their fibre packages, so essentially these plans don’t have a data quota at the moment.
Also, currently Maxis is running a very attractive promotion that offers its 10mbps package for just RM138/month if you’re a Maxis subscriber or RM148/month if you’re not. Comparing that to Celcom’s entry-level Lite plan (RM128/month), adding just RM20 more with Maxis (assuming you’re not a Maxis subscriber) would give you more than twice the connection speed and monthly data quota.
Of course this is not a fair comparison because what Maxis is offering currently for its 10mbps line is a limited time promotion but it’s worth getting considering how cheap a 10mbps fibre line with Maxis is.
In any case, we’ll crunch the numbers and put out a proper plan-by-plan comparison soon. Stay tuned for that. More details on the Celcom Home First packages after the jump.
On a side note, a LowYat.net forumer pointed out an interesting anomaly in the Celcom Home Fibre FAQ section. What is it? See right after the jump.