Maxis Bhd is partnering with ICT infrastructure company Sacofa Sdn Bhd to provide Sarawakians the same broadband deals already available in the Peninsular.
The two companies on Dec 4 signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) for Sacofa to offer High Speed Broadband (HSBB) network services to Maxis, which would allow the telco to offer its Fibrenation plans to home and business users in Sarawak, estimated to roll out in 2019.
The plan's pricing would match current offers: the 100Mbps plan priced at RM129 per month and the 30Mbps plan at RM89 per month, both for homes.
Business customers are offered the 100Mbps plan for RM139 per month and 30Mbps for RM99 per month, with the added business-grade ‘Always On’ service option to ensure their Internet will not go offline.
Maxis would be running on the Sacofa Open Fibre Infra Access (Sofia), which launched back in Jan 27 and enables Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to link-up directly to Sacofa’s fibre-optic network.
Sacofa managing director Mohamed Zaid Zaini says with the company's extensive fibre-optic footprint in Sarawak, they are committed to working with telcos to expand Internet coverage throughout the state.
Maxis chief operating officer Gokhan Ogut says since launching the Fibrenation plans in August, there has been an overwhelming response from both consumers and businesses.
"It is clear that high speed Internet access is very important to Sarawakians, seeing that their average data usage of more than 12GB per month is amongst the highest in the country," he says.