Last night, Telekom Malaysia (TM) unveiled UniFi, its high-speed broadband services. The RM11.3 billion national high-speed broadband project is the flagship propject of the National Broadband Initiative. The UniFi’s new broadband packages comprises of triple-play services of high-speed Internet, video (IPTV) and phone, with speeds of 5Mbps, 10Mbps and 20Mbps. The IPTV will be delivered via a 8Mbps connection exclusively, in addition to the data speeds subscribed by customers; comes with 22 linear channels, video-on-demand and interactive services.
Revolution Not Evenly Distributed (Yet)
At the initial stage, UniFi will cover four areas – Bangsar, Subang Jaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Shah Alam. As of today, there’s 311,000 premises passed and by end of 2010, TM aims to cover 48 exchange areas with a total of 750,000 premises passed (premises passed refers to the number of UniFi-ready premises). By 2012, approximately 1.3 million premises will be passed nationwide – include inner Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia adn key industrial sites across the nation. So, 1(hsbb-enabled)Malaysia has to wait.
With the introduction of HSBB (UniFi), it seems Streamyx users are ‘second-class’ users (categorized as “Broadband for the General Public, BBGP). There are over 1.43 million BBGP customers, to date. To the many who tweet #streamyxsucks on Twitter, fret not! Last year, TM spent 3.6% or RM308 million of its revenue to improve its quality of service. This year, TM planned to spend at least 5%. The end of #Streamyxsucks, as we know it? Doubtful. Is #UniFi the #Streamyxsucks slayer? Maybe “RM11.3 billion” later, we will find out. ¶
Short, Shaky Video of the Launch