Saturday, June 3, 2023

Better Telcos, weaker Authorities?

I have met the CEO of Celcom, the CEO of DiGi and the CEO of Maxis.

Meeting up with these 3 key people in the 3 main telcos, I have got a strong feeling that all three telcos are now moving towards the right direction in the industry.

Maxis, in my own opinion, is a company that is hard to approach but things seems to change with Sandip Das leading the company. I hope “some” of these people in Maxis who pride them self for being number 1 will start by changing their attitude and focus in maintaining and provide better service to their customers. And this is what I see in Sandip Das- that being number 1 does not matter to him.

While Celcom has a good corporate “environment”, I am predict that Celcom will have stronger branding and more mobile offering this year compared to the other 2 players.

DiGi, on the other hand has a good CEO. Since Johan worked as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in DiGi, it shouldn’t be a problem for him to carry the CEO’s task, plus I believe he is the man for the task with his expertise on marketing and finance. While DiGi has been quiet(marketing & product) for more than a year, things will change since DiGi NOW HAS A 3G LICENSE OFFICIALLY.

U Mobile now gets a new Korean CEO which I believe is a bad move since its Executive Director, Kenneth Chang will no longer involve in U Mobile’s day to day business.

I think that things are going to change with Keng Yaik‘s exit. I still don’t see any WiMAX player launching their service, plus the 3.5 GHz players are now officially out of business, again I doubt that we will see WiMAX at all with the earliest one to be on June. The Government at any time, could say “interference” and pull back all the 4 licenses.

With Mobile Number Portability, expected to launch by August this year, it will definitely heat up competition between telcos and benefit the consumers like you and me.

Now I see better telcos out there, but do I see a weak Ministry and a weak Commission?

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Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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