Broadband services slow and expensive


  • Letters
  • Friday, 09 May 2014

INTERNET is a basic infrastructure like water and electricity in the modern world. Unfortunately, Malaysia is still not up to the mark in the broadband and water supply services.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) denial that Malaysia is behind Vietnam and Cambodia in a broadband benchmarking study is another denial. All countries under the study by Ookla are subject to the same indicator comparisons like average speed.

If Ookla were comparing the broadband speed in Hanoi with Kuala Lumpur only, I believe the same result would prevail.

Other broadband benchmarking studies by other companies like Google also point to the same conclusion, that Malaysia is behind Vietnam in broadband connection.

Besides the slow speed of broadband, Malaysians have to pay more for broadband service compared to the Vietnamese and Mainland Chinese.

Please stop using the old argument that Malaysia is a big country compared with Singapore and that more fibre optic wiring is needed to link-up Malaysia.

In reality, Vietnam and China have a big budget for wiring like Malaysia, but the unit price for broadband in both countries are at least 50% cheaper than Malaysia.

MCMC, let’s buck up before Malaysia is rated as having the slowest broadband speed in South-East Asia by 2020.

N.K. KHOO

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