TM to maintain Streamyx pricing


hungyee@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), which has just launched it high speed broadband (HSBB), UniFi, is maintaining the pricing for most of the packages offered under its current broadband service, Streamyx.

Group chief executive officer Datuk Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said although TM had introduced the 5Mbps basic pacakage for UniFi, it was maintaining the prices for its current 1Mbps and 2Mbps by Streamyx.

“Broadband packages have never been on an uptrend,” he told a media briefing yesterday.

However, TM is offering new and existing 4Mbps Streamyx combo and non-combo customers a rate of RM140 a month effective immediately regardless of their location.

The current fastest available broadband speed for the general public offered by TM is 4Mbps. According to the Streamyx website, the 4Mbps package which includes Streamyx hotspot, e-browse (online newspaper) and BB Phone (voice over broadband) is currently priced at RM268 per month.

“This (price revision) is to encourage 4Mbps Streamyx subscribers in areas where UniFi is available to upgrade to UniFi and for those outside to switch to the blockbuster package,” Zamzamzairani said.

TM’s UniFi packages comprise triple-play services of high-speed Internet, video (IPTV) and phone, with speeds of 5Mbps, 10Mbps and 20Mbps.

The 5Mbps package is priced at RM149 per month, the 10Mbps at RM199, and the 20Mbps at RM249 with a two-year contract.

According to HSBB project programme director Ahmad Azhar Yahya, all the packages include a digital enhanced cordless telecommunications phone, a set-top box for IPTV (Internet Protocol television), Streamyxzone ID for wireless web access and a 2GB e-mail box.

He added that the IPTV offered 22 linear channels, video-on-demand and interactive channels. “There’ll be 20 to 25 new titles every month in window earlier than pay-per view and pay-TV.”

Ahmad said these channels would be delivered via an 8Mbps connection exclusively and in addition to the data speeds of 5, 10 and 20Mbps subscribers subscribed to.

TM was waiving over RM1,000 worth of installation and equipment fees to install UniFi, he said, adding that the installation process could take two to eight hours depending on subscribers’ premises.

“UniFi will be focusing on Zone 1, which is the high economic impact areas, industrial parks and free trade zones,” Zamzamzairani said, adding that all other areas not covered by UniFi would be covered in one form or another by other technologies.

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