Time offers 50Mbps broadband service

TIME dotCom Bhd is now offering a 100% optical fibre Internt broadband service that can achieve speeds up to 50Mbps. However, users who sign up for the service are only allowed 50Mbps speed for a limited number of hours per month, which TIME calls the “Boost.”

The actual contracted speeds are 2Mbps, 6Mbps, 12Mbps and 24Mbps and comes in both consumer versions as well as business versions, each offering Boost speeds ranging from 10-50Mbps (depending on the package) for a limited number of hours per month.

For example, the TIME Fibre Internet Basic package for business has a 24Mbps package that allows Boost speeds of up to 50Mbps for 15 hours per month, with an option to purchase more hours for an additional fee.

The service is only available in selected areas, which currently covers only the Golden Triangle area in Kuala Lumpur as well as Mont Kiara, with some 30,000 homes in this area already enjoying the service.

According to Afzal Abdul Rahim, its chief executive officer, the company’s main focus is providing service not to individual landed properties, but to businesses and consumers on a wholesale model — which means condominiums, apartment blocks, hotels and commercial buildings.

“Our coverage is limited, no doubt, but it takes quite a while to lay the fibre optic cables. Remember, we have to pull fibre into each building and that takes a lot of work,” said Afzal.

The company is already planning to expand its service to other areas, but its current focus means that residential areas with landed properties are not high on the list, while areas with a high concentration of condominiums (such as the Bangsar area) will likely see the service available in the near future.

TIME’s fibre-based services are available right now and packages for consumers start at RM99 while business packages start at RM148. — TAN KIT HOONG

++++ www.time.com.my

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