By ZAM KARIM email@example.com
KUALA LUMPUR: There will be more choices next year for Malaysians wanting to subscribe to fixed line high-speed broadband services for their homes.
Maxis Bhd will start offering high-speed Internet access to customers under the national High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) project from next month.
It just inked a 10-year agreement with TM Wholesale, that gives it access to Telekom Malaysia’s High-Speed Broadband service’s “last mile access” infrastructure — the same used for TM’s Unifi high-speed Internet services.
Up to 700,000 homes in the Klang Valley, Cyberjaya, Putrajaya, Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Bayan Baru in Penang, as well as Johor (namely the Nusajaya, Permas and Senai industrial zones) are now able to enjoy the Unifi service.
As TM’s infrastructure expands, so will the areas that Maxis is able to offer its services to, said Maxis CEO Sanjay Das.
By end 2012, it is expected that more than 1.3 million homes will be covered by the HSSB project.
The RM11.3bil national HSBB project is a public-private-partnership between TM and the Government to develop next-generation, high-speed broadband infrastructure and services for the country.
HSBB offers bandwidth at network speeds of 10Mbps (megabits per second) and above, through fixed line only, as compared to regular broadband services which are delivered at network speeds ranging from 384Kbps (kilobits per second) to less than 10Mbps through fixed line (DSL) and wireless mode, such as 3G, HSDPA, WiMAX and WiFi.
According to TM group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, this is a milestone agreement for the company, and begins a new era in industry collaboration.
“We are keeping the HSBB promise of open access to Internet service providers offering Internet Protocol-based services and applications to end users, which further strengthens TM’s position as a neutral wholesale service provider,” he said.
He also revealed that the company is in talks with the other telecommunications players in the country over similar agreements, and more announcements are expected to be made soon.
According to Das, Maxis will be able to offer valued-added IP-based services that include — but are not limited to — IPTV, VoIP (Voice-over-Internet Protocol), video-on-demand, videoconferencing, telehealth, interactive TV and hosting services.
Now that Maxis is jumping into the high-speed broadband fray, will high-speed Internet services be cheaper? Das answered, “Not cheaper, but a richer experience (for users).”