With the rising cost of living and the recent implementation of GST in Malaysia, it is inevitable that many local citizens are feeling the pinch than they already are. This is especially true when it comes to paying for daily necessities. One of them has to do with the internet usage.
According to a press statement from Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on April 15, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek has announced that the price of basic broadband packages will be significantly reduced.
At the moment, the lowest price reduction given for basic mobile broadband package has been set at RM25 per month. With this package, consumers are able to enjoy up to 1GB worth of monthly data quota with a minimum speed of 3G-HSPA. The RM25 package is available for both prepaid and postpaid services. Moreover, the newly-revised price is targeted at an average 14% lower than the current prices. As of now, established telco companies including Maxis, Digi, Celcom and U Mobile are expressing their interest to commit to the new price.
Apart from the lower-priced mobile broadband package, Telekom Malaysia (TM) will also be offering a cheaper basic broadband package for fixed services. Priced at RM38 for a monthly fee, the package will include 1Mbps of free data usage up to 1GB. The new price is around 57% lower than the current package offered by TM, and it is expected to be available from mid-June 2015.
“As Malaysia’s Convergence Champion, we remain committed in our role to provide broadband internet access to all Malaysians. We already have the most comprehensive range of affordable packages to all customer segments nationwide, and continue to look for ongoing opportunities to offer more value-added offerings. This is in line with our aspiration to deliver an integrated digital lifestyle with an enhanced and seamless customer experience beyond technology, products and services and devices; true to our mantra – “Life and Business Made Easier,” said Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, the CEO of TM Group.
However, TM is not the only one that offers value-for-money RM38 fixed-line broadband package. Another broadband service provider, TIME, has also supported the MCMC’s initiative by introducing a similar RM38 package.