As we usher in the celebration of Hari Raya, TM will be donating a total of RM1,000,000 to 100 selected charitable Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) throughout Malaysia. This is done in conjunction with their #KeajaibanRamadan campaign and to celebrate an important milestone for its UniFi broadband service in the spirit of #KeajaibanUniFi.
Internet connectivity is crucial for any business these days. If your company has a need for speed, Maxis has revamped its Business Fibre offering with speeds up to 100Mbps. For greater reliability, it’s also backed by a zero downtime proposition.
The cost of broadband has always been a hot topic among Malaysians. Even with TM’s new Unifi plans that offer faster speeds for less, many had frown upon the removal of its cheaper 5Mbps option at RM149/month.
For those with the need for speed, it can get ridiculously expensive. Maxis offers 100Mbps broadband for a colossal RM398/month. Alternatively, TIME is also offering 100Mbps at a cheaper RM179/month but it comes with a 100GB cap.
Is there a way for Malaysians to get faster speeds at lower prices? A Singaporean broadband company wants to make it possible when it comes to Malaysia.
If you got the need for speed, Maxis has introduced its fastest 100Mbps fibre broadband plan for residential use. Before this, home users are limited to Time Broadband’s 100Mbps offering at RM179 which has limited service area. TM on the other hand does offer 100Mbps connectivity but it is only for commercial users at the moment.
With 100Mbps, you can stream ultra high resolution videos in 4K UHD and Maxis claims that it comes with unlimited data usage. If you’re a MaxisOne plan customer, you can get additional discount up to RM68/month.
UPDATE: TM’s Unifi 30Mbps and 50Mbps plans are now available.
For those with the need for speed, TM is now offering faster 30Mbps and 50Mbps Unifi options for residential use at selected locations. The plans were discovered by Amanz and TM is offering them as a bundled package with its HyppTV subscription.
The base option with 30Mbps connection is going for RM210.94/month inclusive of GST. This lets you add-on a TV Pack of either HyppTV Aneka , Varnam or Ruby. If you want more channels, it will cost you RM242.74/month for its HyppTV Jumbo Package.
To bump up from 30Mbps to 50Mbps, TM is offering the extra 20Mbps speed as an add-on upgrade at RM53/month on top of its base offering. So at the bare minimum, this calculates to RM263.94/month inclusive of GST. Not bad, considering the current VIP 20Mbps plan is also priced the same at RM263.94/month.
For those needing more speed in the workplace, TM has introduced a 100Mbps UniFi package for businesses. The 100Mbps subscription is offered at RM1,599/month but as an early bird promotion, they are offering it at RM1,399/month.
In terms of speed, BIZ 100 offers 100Mbps download and 50Mbps upload and by default it comes with dynamic IP. Fixed IP is available as an add-on at RM200/month. The package also includes RM100 worth of voice calls and 10GB of web hosting.
For residential users, there’s a way to get 100Mbps for less with Time’s 100Mbps broadband at RM179/month. Of course it is subject to service availability which is rather limited compared to TM’s HSBB network.
For more info, head over to TM’s UniFi Biz page.
Maxis has revised its Home Internet Fibre (FTTH) broadband service which now offers 10Mbps, 20Mbps and 30Mbps option. The baseline 10Mbps plan is now priced higher at RM148/month for Maxis subscribers who have a minimum monthly commitment of RM48/month. Non-Maxis subscribers would need to pay RM168/month for 10Mbps.
For those with the need for speed, they are offering faster 20Mbps and 30Mbps at RM198/month and RM248/month respectively. Non-Maxis subscribers would have to fork out more, almost up to RM50 extra for the 30Mbps which is a carrot for customers to port their mobile service with them.
Apart from internet service, they are giving 100 minutes of calls to Maxis mobile numbers and 100 minutes of IDD calls to selected countries on the 10Mbps option. For each higher plan (20Mbps and 30Mbps), you’ll get additional 100 minutes for each notch higher. As usual, all calls to Maxis fixed lines are free.
The good news is that all plans have unlimited quota until further notice and they are still having the RM200 standard installation fee waived.
For more info, head over to Maxis Home Internet page.
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.
Maxis today has announced its partnership with 14 content providers to offer IPTV service on its Maxis Home Fibre Internet. If you’re a Maxis Fibre user, you can look forward to a wide range of HD and 3D content along with catch-up TV and PVR features with your subscription soon.
The 14 content providers that Maxis partnered with are Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), All Asia Multimedia Networks FZ-LLC, Media Prima Berhad, LI TV International Ltd, Red Bull GmbH, Five Star Production Co. Ltd, Vision Plus Entertainment Sdn Bhd, Travel Channel International Limited, Asa’ad Entertainment Network Sdn Bhd, Brilliant Pictures, Five Star Trading, Trace TV S.A., The Wiggles International Pty Ltd and Classic Media Distribution Limited.
In terms of Free to Air, the channels include TV1, TV2, TVi, TV3, NTV7, 8TV, TV9 along with additional content from LI Space, LI Body, LI Savour, LI Chic, Tonton, Travel Channel, Wiggles, Jump, Classic Media, Trace Urban, Trace Sports, XS, Red Bull, Five Star Trading, Five Star Production, Brilliant Pictures and Asa’ad.
Currently Maxis Home Fibre Internet is available across 1.2 million homes and offices in Malaysia while its 3G Wireless Internet service with its 82% population coverage covers nearly 6 million homes. So far no IPTV subscription and available dates were mentioned.
Maxis has expanded its business fibre broadband offerings with a range of dynamic IP plans for businesses that do not require a fixed IP connection. There are three plans to choose from and the operator has been very clever in pricing the plans to place them close to what the competitors are offering while at the same time appear to have plans that provide a better value proposition.
Take the mid-range plan for example. Maxis charges RM308/month for its 16Mbps dynamic IP business fibre plan while P1 charges RM329 for its 15Mbps dynamic IP business fibre package. At the same time, the plans from Maxis and P1 sit in between TM’s UniFi for business offering with its 10Mbps plan costing RM289/month and the top of the line 20Mbps plan costing RM359.
Obviously the example above does not take into consideration the various value added services offered by the three service providers and this is because, in this market, with the way the operators have structured their plans, choosing the best plan for you will ultimately come down to how your business utilizes communications. Will you be making a lot of calls to fixed line numbers? Will you be making a lot of calls to mobile number? Is a plan with bundled webhosting something that’s important to you? Will your business be doing a lot of SMS blasts?
These are all things that you need to consider when looking at the dynamic IP fiber plans being offered for businesses. Most important is, how much speed you would need for your operations because at the end of the day, the level of performance that the three operators offer in terms of broadband speed will be almost identical. The dynamics in the fibre broadband landscape has certainly changed significantly with more operators offering the service giving consumers the power to choice. So in this case it all comes down to which brand is able to serve you the best.
For more information on the Maxis dynamic IP fibre plans for businesses, click here.
Thanks Paul Tan for the tip.