ISP merger will not lead to higher rates, says Tan

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 Oct 2003

THE merger of TMnet and Jaring will not cause an increase in Internet access charges as TMnet will also be competing with other Internet Services Providers (ISPs). 

Deputy Energy, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said the public should not worry about the merger as tariffs would not rise. 

“There will not be a monopoly of the service or increase in charges since they will be monitored by the Communication and Multimedia Commission,” he said when winding up the debate of the Supply Bill. 

In fact, TMnet had lowered its charges, he said. 

He denied contentions by Teresa Kok (DAP - Seputeh) and Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN - Sri Gading) that a monopoly would be created out of the merger. 

“The merger will (actually) provide better service to consumers,” he said.  

Later, Tan told reporters that there were several ISPs in the country including Time Net and Nationcom Wireless Broadband as well as Atlas One Wireless Broadband which would begin operations soon. 

On a different note, Rural Development Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid said a division had been set up to monitor the implementation of all projects in the country. 

“The ministry has increased the surveillance of projects to overcome delays and poor quality control.”  

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