The Week That Was: End of an era


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  • Monday, 07 Oct 2019

Analogue TV transmission will be phased out by the end of the month in favour of a digital service with 15 TV and six radio channels. — A. MALEX YAHAYA/The Star

It is the end of an era for free-to-air TV fans as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced that analogue TV transmission will be disabled in stages.

On Sept 30 the analogue transmission ceased for the Klang Valley and southern states, with the northern and east coast states to follow suit on Oct 14.

For Sabah and Sarawak, the analogue transmission will end on Oct 31.

The analogue transmission, like almost everything else, has been replaced by digital.

Malaysians can jump on board the myFreeview digital TV service which is broadcast nationwide via more than 44 towers covering around 95% of the population.

MyFreeview doesn’t come with a subscription fee and reportedly provides better audio and clearer picture quality in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD).

The service doesn’t require an Internet connection, although in the future that could connect viewers to interactive features.

To receive the myFreeview broadcast, viewers need a DVB-T2 decoder and UHF aerial.

The platform currently offers 15 TV and six radio channels, including Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Media Prima, TV AlHijrah, dan Bernama News Channel (BNC).MCMC says more channels are expected to be added to the platform in the near future.

Langkawi will host multiple 5G demonstration projects to show how the next generation cellular technology can improve various industries. — Information Department of MalaysiaLangkawi will host multiple 5G demonstration projects to show how the next generation cellular technology can improve various industries. — Information Department of Malaysia

Meanwhile, Langkawi got the lion’s share of 5G demonstration projects which are meant to show how the next generation cellular technology can improve various industries.

The projects, which will run till March 30, will showcase 5G being used in nine fields, namely agriculture, education, entertainment and media, digital healthcare, manufacturing and processing, oil and gas, smart cities, smart transportation and tourism.

In addition to Langkawi in Kedah, 55 projects in total will be showcased across five other states: Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Perak, Pulau Pinang and Terengganu.

Kedah was ideal for outdoor 5G testing as it was relatively remote, fully wired by Telekom Malaysia’s (TM’s) fibre network and is close enough to Thailand to experience signal interference.

Speaking of TM, the company is now offering Unifi for free for up to three months with its Pay Nothing promo, open to both new and existing users.

New users who subscribe to an eligible Unifi high speed broadband plan from now till the end of the year will not have to pay anything until Dec 31, 2019 and will only be billed from Jan 1, 2020.

All plans come with a 24-month contract and subject to service availability.

Existing customers are also entitled to the promo but will have to sign up for a fresh 24-month contract.


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