Wednesday, February 8, 2023

HSBB is not Open Access

A recent article related to TM claims that it will be selective to third party providers when it comes to HSBB.

Notes to be taken:

“Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) will provide open access to its high-speed broadband (HSBB) network only to third parties that provide added value to end customers, said group chief executive officer Datuk Zam Isa.”

“Zam declined to confirm whether terms and conditions of open access had been agreed between TM and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).”

“In a recent interview with StarBiz, Maxis Bhd CEO Sandip Das said: “We are looking forward to HSBB as the Government has said it will allow open access to everybody. Commercial terms need to be fair and equitable.””

“A daily newspaper reported last September, soon after the Government awarded TM the HSBB project, industry players suspected the chance of them having “open access” to TM’s HSBB network would the same as the “equal access” plan for fixed line telephony, which failed to bring significant competition in that segment to this day.”

Full story here.

In my personal opinion, the whole HSBB project is a mistake at first place when only one ISP is building the broadband network and operate it when this is suppose to be some kind of a national project. There are some taxpayers money involved but we don’t get open access.


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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