Wednesday, February 1, 2023

P1 to offer HSBB 1Q Next Year

Packet One Network(P1) and Telekom Malaysia(TM) have just signed an agreement that allows P1 to offer fibre-to-the-home services in Malaysia.

[Dato’ Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer, TM (4th from right) exchanging the agreement documents with Michael Lai, Chief Executive Officer, P1 (3rd from left) witnessed by YB. Dato’ Joseph Salang, Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture (centre) while Mohamad Idham Nawawi, Chief Operating Officer, P1 (extreme left) together with Datuk Dr. Halim Shafie, Chairman, TM (3rd from right), Datuk Bazlan Osman, Group Chief Financial Officer, TM (2nd from right) and Rafaai Samsi, Executive Vice President, Wholesale, TM (far right)]

Under the 10-year agreement sealed between the two parties, TM will be providing the HSBB (Access) and HSBB (Transmission) services to P1 whereby P1 will have access to all 1.3 million homes covered by the HSBB areas nationwide. Via the partnership, P1 will now directly compete with TM’s UniFi and Maxis Home high speed broadband services.

P1’s Chief Executive Officer, Micheal Lai said that the WiMAX operator started talking to TM since mid-this year and with the agreement signed, P1 plans to offer the fibre-to-home-service in the first quarter next year.

When asked about pricing of the P1 HSBB service, Michael Lai told MalaysianWireless to stay tuned for the updates. P1 currently offers the One Plan which bundles 2 modem- a USB dongle for mobile broadband & a fixed modem for home broadband.

“P1 was the first in the region to launch 4G wireless broadband and now, as we are expanding our broadband offering, we are the first to offer the combination both 4G and fibre optic solutions for a segment of customers who want premium speed broadband. No other broadband provider offers such a complete broadband package with such high capacity both at home and on-the-go, coupled with 4G and fibre optic broadband solutions.”

Michael continued, “P1 customers are big consumers of data with an average usage of 12GB per month. HSBB perfectly complements the demand for large data consumption at home. We are indeed excited about what this partnership means for our current customers and for future P1 customers who want the best of both worlds – fibre optics at home and 4G broadband on-the-go.”

When question about how much TM is charging P1 for the HSBB service, Dato’ Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer of TM said it depends on volume commitment and the terms of the agreement. However the pricing was not revealed.

The HSBB service will allow P1 to also provide Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Video on Demand (VoD) and other rich multimedia services in the future.

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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