The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued a statement saying that the government is on track to reduce the price and increase the speed of fixed broadband by 2019.
The Mandatory Standard Access Pricing (MSAP) which came into effect on Jan 1 and implemented on June 8 requires local telecommunications companies to submit access agreements that will result in the reduction in fixed broadband prices to MCMC by Aug 31.
However, the deadline was extended to Sept 30 because the Sales and Services Tax (SST) was implemented on Sept 1 and it had impacted the prices of broadband plans.
The MCMC said key telcos such as Telekom Malaysia (TM), Maxis, Celcom and Time have come to an agreement that will result in lower prices for fixed broadband.
The regulatory body said this is in line with the government’s initiative to ensure that more Malaysians will have access to affordable high-speed Internet.
It also said that some telcos have already introduced packages with lower prices and higher speeds well before the Sept 30 deadline.
The MCMC said it expects to make another announcement on the broadband price reduction “in the immediate future”.
On Sept 16, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo also tweeted that he wanted to implement cheaper broadband prices with increased speed by the end of the year.
Saya berharap selepas cadangan pakej2 baru dikemukakan ke SKMM pada 30 Sept ini, kita boleh laksanakan dan selepas itu lihat harga jalur lebar turun dan kelajuannya meningkat menjelang hujung tahun ini.— GobindSinghDeo (@GobindSinghDeo) September 16, 2018
Back in July, he also said that he hoped to see the country achieve a 95% broadband coverage in populated areas by the year 2020.
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