Internet service provider TM Net, sees its hot spots growing to 1,000 by the middle of 2005 from the present 451, said chief executive officer Datuk Baharum Salleh.
“Actually, our plan was to set up 1,000 spots by this year. However, there were some delays with the site owners,” he told reporters after the launch of TM Net and Celcom (M) Bhd’s collaborated wireless fidelity service (WiFi) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“Hopefully, there will be 2,000 hotspots by the end of next year,” he said.
TM Net had also obtained the approval to set up hot spots in local universities including Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia and University of Nottingham in Jalan Conlay, he added.
To date, there are about 24,000 TM Net subscribers using the facilities nationwide, of which 10,000 are post-paid users and 14,000 prepaid.
“We are growing rapidly. In one year’s time, we hope to double or triple the number of users nationwide,” he said.
Currently, there are 224 hot spots in the Klang Valley, 17 in Negeri Sembilan and Perak, five in Malacca and Kelantan, 18 in Johor and Kedah, 48 in Pulau Pinang, eight in Pahang, 12 in Terengganu, 55 in Sarawak and 24 in Sabah.
In its collaboration with international partner, iPass, TM Net also provides 9,000 hot spots around the world.
Meanwhile, Celcom CEO Datuk Ramli Abbas said the WiFi service by both the Telekom subsidiaries would now allow Celcom customers gain easy access to wireless broadband Internet at TM Net hot spots by requesting their login identification or password via the short messaging system (SMS).
For the first half this year, Ramli said Celcom had 4.7 million subscribers, of whom 70% were prepaid users and 30% post-paid. – Bernama
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