“Well, using one of the Apple Mac Books provided with a 50Mb/s connection for the demonstration, this writer downloaded several You Tube videos via the download site http://keepvid.com and each download stream averaged about 1 Mb/s, while an about a 500MB sized video file downloaded at around 500 Kb/s or about one-hundredth of the connection’s maximum speed, which is not much faster than that of my 384Kb/s DiGi mobile broadband connection.”
“Let me be totally upfront. We are capitalists and want a return on our investment, and residents in low cost flats will not be able to pay,” Afzal replied.”
“We chose Mont Kiara for our initial rollout for its high density of affluent residents who can afford to pay a premium for quality Internet access to enjoy high bandwidth services such as streaming video and video downloads. For example, housewives in this neighbourhood would think nothing of spending RM500 a month on Japanese or Korean videos,” he continued.”
“Another reason for Malaysia’s poor broadband is that government’s decision to let the private sector build their respective communications infrastructure but the problem here is that many private sector companies don’t have the means to lay nationwide communications infrastructure quickly enough, so they have to start in in limited areas such as Mont Kiara and build out from there.”
“OK! But would it not be a terrible inconvenience for residents to have their roads dug up by operators A, B, C, D, E and others in succession, when it’s bad enough already? ” “Well, if they can’t bear the inconvenience then they can’t have broadband,” said Afzal.”
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