Fahmi: Up To Telcos To Offer Lower Fixed Internet Broadband Unity Package Prices

The RM69 per month for 30Mbps is only a suggested baseline according to the Comms and Digital Minister.
(credit: Malay Mail)

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Last week, Fahmi Fadzil, the the Communications and Digital Minister (KKD) announced that the government is introducing a cheaper fixed-line internet for the B40, veterans, people with disabilities and senior citizens known as “Pakej Perpaduan Jalur Lebar Tetap” (Fixed Internet Broadband Unity Package).

At that time, Fahmi stated that the plan will costs RM69 per month for 30Mbps with a 24-months contract and it will be available starting next month.

Bernama reports that according to Fahmi, the Fixed Internet Broadband Unity Package rate introduced by the government serves only as a minimum for telecommunication companies to offer their customers.

He encouraged companies to offer better internet services at lower rates if possible. The government is proposing a baseline rate of RM69 per month for fixed broadband and RM5 per month for prepaid mobile internet.

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He hopes that telecommunication companies and broadband providers will take into consideration the public’s feedback and offer better packages.

Fahmi added that the government will also provide a database for telecommunications companies to use as a reference when determining who is eligible for the Fixed Internet Broadband Unity Package.

The package, which is aligned with the Malaysia Madani concept, is currently aimed at helping the B40 group but telecommunications companies can offer it to the lower M40 group if necessary.

The telecommunication companies that will be offering this cheaper plan are, Telekom Malaysia (TM), CelcomDigi, Maxis, U Mobile, YTL, TIME Berhad and Astro.

Time went one step further by offering 100Mbps for RM69 per month, but it’s only available for people living in these locations:

  • PPR Kampung Baru HICOM, Selangor
  • PPR Kota Damansara, Selangor
  • PPR Lembah Subang, Selangor
  • PPR Taman Putra Damai, Selangor (Lembah Subang 1)
  • PPR Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
  • PPR UDA Utama, Johor
  • PPR Taman Perling, Johor (Jalan Rawa 1)
  • PPR Taman Perling, Johor (Jalan Rawa 7)

They did, however, add that in order to give more Malaysians access to fibre internet, it would continue to roll out this targeted offering in stages to chosen locations.

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