Free 1GB allocation extended till July 31, says MCMC

Telcos to continue providing free additional 1GB Internet data allocation till July 31, with MCMC getting the agreement of five major players. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

The free additional 1GB Internet data allocation offered by local telcos has been extended till July 31, says the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

It obtained the agreement of five major telcos – Celcom, Digi, Maxis, U-Mobile and Telekom Malaysia (TM) – to extend the offering to their customers, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The quota is applicable for accessing video conferencing platforms and educational materials via email, with no time restrictions.

However, it does not apply for browsing social media, video or audio streaming, and online video games.

The allocation was first introduced last April, and had been extended several times since. It was previously set to end on April 30.

In a press release, MCMC said the extension was to support the public, especially students who will be returning to home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri school break.

Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said on Monday that all schools will be conducting PdPR for two weeks after the holidays, in a move to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission in schools following the festive season.

Meanwhile, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd is continuing to support students through its Learn From Home (LFH) initiative until Sept 30. This also covers students in higher education, through a package of a free smartphone, SIM with 40GB of data and free content for students from B40 households.

“MCMC hopes that the extension of the 1GB data offering and other support provided will give a little relief to the public in facing the new normal for education, work and elsewhere,” the commission said.

It added that the government will continue to ensure the digital development agenda will continue and be inclusive, through the National Digital Network (Jendela) and MyDigital initiatives.

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