Telekom Malaysia Increases Broadband Speed to 100Mbps


Malaysia’s incumbent Telecommunication service provider, Telekom Malaysia has announced the launch of its new ‘UniFi Pro Plan’ that provides enhanced broadband download speeds of 100Mbps to its fiber-optic broadband subscribers. Telekom Malaysia’s current download speeds are 30 Mbps and 50 Mbps, which was announced in October 2015 with its ‘UniFi Advance Plan’. This plan includes a choice of pay-TV packs and 600 minutes of free fixed-line voice calls. This plan was initially offered at a promotional rate of USD76 per month for residential subscribers which will be raising to USD83.6 per month after the promotional period.

Meanwhile, Telekom Malaysia has claimed that almost 50% of its fiber-optic broadband subscribers are connected at speeds of 10Mbps or higher. According to Telekom Malaysia’s data based on the broadband usage of its subscribers, on an average users consume 130 Gigabits of data per month.

Telekom Malaysia has signed a Private Public Partnership (PPP) agreement with the Malaysian government in 2008 to build a High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) Network. It was estimated to cost around USD 3.5 billion with the government funding USD 740 million. During Phase 1, 1.3 million premises were to be passed by FTTH (Fiber To The Home) while residential high rise buildings in the industrial areas around Kuala Lumpur were to be connected with VDSL2 (Very high bit-rate digital subscriber line). International capacity was also to be increased as part of the project through the deployment of TM’s first private international submarine cable system, Cahaya Malaysia. It is TM’s wholly-owned 2- fiber-pair system within the 6-fiber-pair Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) system linking Malaysia to Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore built in collaboration with Japan’s NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Singapore’s StarHub

Phase 1 of the Malaysian HSBB network implementation was launched in 2010 in 18 month period. Telkom could pass 1.4 million premises by 2012. The take-up of HSBB was also impressive with over 600,000 subscriptions corresponding to 43% take-up of houses/premises passed by June 2013. Four major operators had signed up for HSBB access services where HSBB is repackaged and sold to their own customers, and 19 had signed up for HSBB transmission services used to enhance their own backhaul network.

Telekom Malaysia (TM) Berhad was formerly the Telecom Department of Malaysia, which was incorporated in 1984 and renamed Syarikat Telekom Malaysia Berhad (STMB). Telekom Malaysia is currently a government-linked company with 28.7 percent directly owned by the government, and another 25 percent owned by government-related companies. It is a monopoly in fixed voice and had a considerable market share in the mobile communications market after its acquisition of Celcom, a cellular phone company, and merging with its own mobile operation arm, TMTouch. In April 2008, TM Group officially demerged with TMI the regional mobile operator. Celcom remained under TMI, which later changed its name to Axiata. Broadband has become Telecom Malaysia’s core business since the demerger of its mobile business in 2008.

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