PETALING JAYA: With high-speed broadband, the World Wide Web will no longer be the World Wide Wait to Malaysians who use the Internet.
With websurfing speeds of at least 10 megabits per second, a typical YouTube video would load in seconds, instead of the minutes it takes now.
Video-streaming promises to be lag free for those who like to watch movies on the Web, while video-conferencing would be a more viable communications tool for businesses.
Imagine the savings if employees could hold discussions at a video-conference instead of having to travel across the globe for meetings.
High-speed broadband would remove the kinks in video-streaming and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) could take off in Malaysia.
IPTV is basically television presented over the Internet, instead of being broadcast through the air. The benefits are the viewers can choose what they want to see and when.
This also presents an opportunity to terrestrial and satellite TV service providers to add on IPTV. For a satellite TV service provider, IPTV would help negate one shortcoming — poor transmission during rainy weather.
Those wanting IPTV would need a broadband-enabled personal computer to stream or download a movie from the Internet to their TVs.
With the introduction of high-speed broadband, Malaysians can expect IPTV services to mushroom.
Those who have made the leap to Blu-ray high-definition movies will also be able to access additional content that needs to be downloaded from the Web.
For those who love playing video games on the Internet, high-speed broadband is a God-send; they can now play co-operatively or against fellow Malaysians from their homes and offices, as well as with fellow gamers in other parts of the world.
Some of the more popular games are World of Warcraft, Modern Warfare 2, Command & Conquer 4 and Resident Evil 5 which are played using a PC, as well as PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
Other benefits include smoother e-commerce activities, Internet-based health services, improved Voice-over-Internet Protocol (web-based telephone service), websites with more detailed pictures and graphics, as well as faster data downloads.
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