It has been speculated for quite a while that Green Packet is selling a major stake of its P1 WiMAX business. Now Reuters has reported that the deal is more or less finalised and Green Packet will be announcing the successful buyer by the end of this month.
Its Managing Director and CEO, CC Puan is expected to make an announcement on the deal in the coming weeks. So far, it has been speculated that DiGi, TM and YTL are in talks in acquire a controlling stake of P1 for its wireless spectrum. Among the 3, YTL is the only provider with an active WiMAX service running under its Yes brand while DiGi has started its 4G LTE service in mid 2013. TM is said to be planning to roll out LTE services by this month.
P1 is currently allocated 30MHz in the 2.3GHz WiMAX band and 20MHz of the 2.6GHz 4G LTE spectrum. Such spectrum is very limited and is very valuable for other players that aims to grab a foothold in wireless game.
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When it comes to wireless broadband, there’s always a limit to how much we can use at full speed. Several years ago, most users frown upon having their download speeds throttled down once they have hit their subscribed data quota as part of the dreaded Fair Usage Policy. Even high speed fibre broadband service for home such as UniFi, Maxis & Time are tied with usage quotas as well. Of course there are unlimited alternatives but they are mostly catered for enterprise usage which comes with a price.
In conjunction with P1’s 5th anniversary, they are now offering their home WiMAX wireless broadband service with unlimited quota. There are 2 plans available – ForHome 99 (RM99) with 1Mbps download speed and ForHome 149 (RM149) at 2Mbps. The unlimited offer is only valid during the 24 months contract period. After that, the usual data quota will apply at 20GB for ForHome 99 and 35GB for ForHome 149.
For more information, head over to P1’s ForHome broadband page.
P1 now offers a new MiFi personal hotspot which claims to offer higher performance. The new device that carries the model number MX230 comes in a perfect square design with slimmer profile that’s somewhat similar to the huddle XS.
Compared to the earlier MF230, the new MX230 is heavier at 75g (MF230: 62g) but it is able to connect up to 8 devices simultaneously, which is great for sharing with your peers. The built-in battery is said to last up to 6 hours.
Both MF230 and MX230 are offered on rental basis bundled with 24 months contract of 6GB ToGo 69 plan for RM69/month. The MF230 is being offered for free while the new MX230 requires RM100 modem upgrade free. As a special promo, they are offering additional RM200 rebate (RM10x 20 months) and another extra RM50 off if you sign up online. ToGo 69 plan offers uncapped speeds on best effort basis.
For more information, head over to P1 MiFi page.
With 4 Fibre players on TM’s HSBB network, there’s more competition for subscribers. That also mean consumers are more spoilt for choice. Maxis has gone with a price war where they offered 10Mbps Home Fibre from as low as RM118/month.
Now for the business users, P1 has slashed their price where 5Mbps is offered as low as RM99/month and 20Mbps for RM199/month. This marks not only the cheapest business plan but also the cheapest Fibre service at the moment. The plans – ForBiz Fiber 149 is originally priced RM149/month while the higher ForBiz Fiber 329 is at RM329/month. There’s no change for its 10Mbps and 30Mbps offering which makes it obvious that P1 is looking at pushing 5Mbps and 20Mbps offering for now.
Similar to most fibre services at the moment, P1 does not impose any download quota on its ForBiz Fiber plans. There’s no pre-bundled call minutes included and calls are charged at 15sen/minute nationwide. The RM200 installation fee is waived and the subscription is tied with a 24 months contract.
For more information, head over to P1 ForBiz Fiber page.
P1 4G today has made several revisions to its broadband offering for its Combo (OnePlan), Fixed (ForHome) and Outdoor (ToGo) plans. P1 was offering broadband plans without contract for quite some time now but with the recent change, all plans now come with either 12 or 24 months contract duration for fixed broadband and 6 months contract for outdoor. Subscribers that picked the 24 months option will get to enjoy additional savings off subscription fees.
P1 today has introduced Wiggy 39, a new low entry portable broadband plan that comes with 2GB of data. 2 modems are on offer, the smaller UT235 and the bigger UH235. Speeds offered are listed as up to 1Mbps but the table above is a little confusing as it shows 2 download speeds side by side.
As a special promo, they are offering the first 2 months at RM19/month and the following 2 months at RM29/month. 5th month onwards it will be billed at the listed subscription of RM39/month. Like the rest of P1’s postpaid plans, excess usage is free but speeds will be throttled. Extra quota can be purchased at RM10 for 2GB.
For more information, head over to P1’s On the Go page.
Before signing up, do remember that P1’s USB Modems are designed for outdoor use only. Using it indoors might result “Potong Stim”.
While speed is everything when you’re surfing internet superhighway on the world wide web, the same can’t be said when you’re cruising down a highway of the asphalt kind. In the real world, speed is not everything and sometimes, fast is too fast. Case in point.
Drive safe people.
We have information confirming that P1 is currently experiencing a nationwide service interruption affecting a large number of subscribers possibly in the tens of thousands.
We first picked-up reports on the disruption at 1900hrs and at time of writing P1 via its customer service account, @P1Cares, says that its engineers are working on the issue. The account didn’t indicate on when it expects the P1 service to be fully restored.
A quick check on Twitter and Facebook reveals that the service interruption extends to multiple states. We attempted to call the P1 Customer Careline at 1-300-800-888 for more information but the line is engaged.
If you are P1 subscriber, we would like to hear from you. Let us know if you are able to connect to the internet on your P1 connection.
P1 has revised its ONE plan which offers a combination of desktop home modem and a USB dongle. At that time of launch, the revamped Super Broadband offering had an option of 3 ONE plans – 89, 129 and 169 with combined quota of 5GB, 15GB and 30GB respectively. To target mass consumers with lower commitment options, they now have introduced ONE plan 69 which offers a lower 3GB quota at RM69/month, making it a total of four ONE Plans.
In terms of speed, P1 now offers 1.0Mbps download speed for both home and portable modems on its lowest 69 and 89 plans. Previously P1 One Plan 89 had a speed of 600kbps for home. In terms of hardware, P1 now its UH-235 Super Wiggy modem on all 4 plans.
You probably would notice that P1 is also on the roll to educate consumers that USB Modems is bad for indoors, hence the need of having 2 modems for different need. Again this is something arguable since we have no issues with dongles indoor in many of our broadband test experiences. In most cases, indoor coverage is also very much dependent on the network than the device alone. Dongle manufacturers normally design their usb modems to cater for a wide user pattern scenarios, not just outdoors.
More plan details after the break.
In Malaysia, competitors don’t utter each other names, top execs in big board rooms shun the mention of a competitor’s name in their presence. It is forbidden, a cardinal sin punishable by death. Ok maybe that’s not entirely true but it is very rare, almost unheard of for a brand to mention its direct competitor so openly.
For a brand to mention its competitor is one thing but for a brand to promote and display said competitor’s logo is almost unbelievable!
Well the social media people at P1 thought that they’d be good sports and share a contest that their competitors are running.
Yes, via its Yes World portal, is running a ticket giveaway contest for the upcoming premier of “Cowboys vs Aliens” and while Yes is promoting the contest via its social media channels, P1 thought they’d give a helping hand and promote the contest on their social media channels as well. This is tremendous! In all our years in this industry, we’ve never seen anything like it.
The rational behind it? P1 says they promoted the contest because “everybody loves free tickets no matter who gives them out”. Sensible logic, we say.
Is the world about to end? Probably not. But its definitely a new beginning. Kudos to P1 for setting the positive trend. We’re hoping other brands will follow suit. What P1 did goes a long way in creating a good perception for the brand, or its social media channel at the very least. Now, all that remains if for them to up the ante and fix that darn network of theirs (sorry P1, we still think its problematic)
In the meantime, let’s see if the advocator of “positive change” will reciprocate the goodwill gesture.