WANTED: FASTER, CHEAPER IN­TER­NET

Con­sumers will­ing to pay RM89 monthly for un­lim­ited quota at speed of 100Mbps, CFM sur­vey shows

New Straits Times - - BUSINESS / NEWS -

SIXTY-EIGHT per cent of 1,800 re­spon­dents said a fixed broad­band In­ter­net pack­age with un­lim­ited quota at a speed of 100 megabytes per sec­ond (Mbps) for RM89 per month was ideal, a sur­vey by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Con­sumer Fo­rum of Malaysia (CFM) shows.

The sur­vey, con­ducted last month, showed 50.8 per cent of con­sumers had In­ter­net sub­scrip­tions rang­ing from RM100 to RM200, while 85.8 per cent were dis­sat­is­fied with their In­ter­net speed.

The poll re­sult high­lighted that con­sumers in Malaysia were look­ing for­ward to high-speed broad­band ser­vices at more af­ford­able prices with speeds that were ac­cept­able for home use, said CFM chair­man Mo­hamad Yus­rizal Yu­sof.

The find­ings co­in­cide with Maxis Bhd’s move to of­fer af­ford­able high-speed fi­bre broad­band plans for homes and busi­nesses.

The plans, avail­able from Septem­ber 13, will boast of speeds from 30Mbps to 100Mbps.

The new con­sumer and busi­ness fi­bre plans were avail­able in speeds of up to 100Mbps and at prices be­tween 36 and 65 per cent lower than pre­vi­ous sim­i­lar plans, it said.

For con­sumers, the 100Mbps plan comes at RM129 per month and 30Mbps at RM89 per month.

Mean­while, busi­nesses can take up the 100Mbps plan for RM139 per month, and 30Mbps for RM99 per month, in­clu­sive of busi­ness grade ser­vice op­tions of “Al­ways

On” and “peace of mind” ben­e­fits.

The govern­ment wanted the broad­band price to be re­duced by at least 25 per cent by the end of the year, be­sides striv­ing to in­crease the broad­band speed and cov­er­age area.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Gobind Singh Deo re­cently said be­sides im­ple­ment­ing laws to set the ceil­ing price, the min­istry would have meet­ings with state gov­ern­ments, tel­cos and op­er­a­tors on the “last mile ac­cess”.

Maxis chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Robert Na­son said broad­band had a great fu­ture and he saw a sig­nif­i­cant growth po­ten­tial in this mar­ket.

Robert Na­son

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