JASIN: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is expected to make the final decision whether to enter the fixed-line high-speed broadband (HSBB) market in the second quarter of this year.
TNB chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie said a pilot project here last year to assess the technical and safety aspects of using its electrical infrastructure for the government’s national fiberisation and connectivity plan has yielded positive results.
He said the pilot project from September to the end of December 2018 has indicated that it is possible for TNB to offer the HSBB service via the infrastructure without compromising on the security and safety of its power supply system.
“TNB will be assessing the commercial viability of the project in the next few months before announcing our stand,” he told reporters after the launching of the commercial rollout of the pilot project at the Jasin Municipal Council here.
The commercial rollout pilot project was launched by Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
Moggie said the commercial rollout pilot project would be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
He said the project would help TNB to evaluate the business costs and investment opportunities which may be available in the new segment of the HSBB service market.
“Under the project, customers can subscribe the HSBB service, which utilises TNB’s fibre optics, from any of the existing broadband service operators,” he added.
The service, however, is limited to only 1,100 customers.
It was reported that globally, electricity company assets, be they fibre, poles or ducts, are used to provide broadband services.
The country’s HSBB market currently is the domain of TELEKOM MALAYSIA BHD (TM).
It was also reported that apart from TM, TIME DOTCOM BHD and Maxis Bhd also offer fast broadband services in the country, while Axiata Group Bhd plans to make a major investment in the fixed broadband space next year.
Maxis relies on TM’s network for its broadband access.
There were 2.6 million fixed broadband subscribers as at the end of March last year.