Telekom Malaysia’s high speed UniFi fibre broadband service is now available at Teluk Kalong, Kemaman in Terengganu, making it the first state in the East Coast region to receive the service. The service availability was originally scheduled for end of 2012.
The provision of UniFi in Terengganu was officially launched today by YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Said, Menteri Besar of Terengganu, and witnessed by Che Azemi Haron, Deputy Secretary General (Communications), Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. Datuk Bazlan Osman, Group Chief Financial Officer, TM, Dato’ Kairul Annuar Mohamed Zamzam, Executive Vice President, TM Government, and Hj Hamidun Ismail, State General Manager, TM Terengganu, were also present at the launching ceremony.
Commenting on the launch, Datuk Bazlan said, “We are excited that today marks another significant achievement in our HSBB roll-out when the service is now available at the East Coast region, ahead of schedule. As the country’s first and premier HSBB service provider TM is proud to make UniFi service available here, in Terengganu covering 544 premises in Teluk Kalong area. On behalf of TM, I would like to extend our greatest appreciation to YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Said and the State Government of Terengganu for entrusting us to bring an enhanced and integrated digital lifestyle to the homes of Terengganu citizens with the availability of UniFi.”
He continued, “I am happy to note that customers here in Teluk Kalong, Kemaman are the first community set to enjoy this service beginning July 2012, which also makes Terengganu as the first state in the East Coast region to receive high speed broadband service. The service will then be expanded to other selected locations in Terengganu by the year 2013. I am also proud to note that after two years of the implementation of HSBB, close to 395,000 customers nationwide has reaped the benefits of UniFi high speed broadband connectivity at the speeds of up to 20Mbps.”
By the end of 2012, UniFi is targeted to reach almost 964 premises passed in Teluk Kalong residential areas which are linked to the Teluk Kalong Exchange.
“This HSBB service roll-out demonstrates TM’s commitment in supporting the State Government’s aspiration towards realising its vision – Terengganu Anjung Ilmu – which enlisted the development of the network infrastructure and providing public amenities as part of its key result areas. Towards this end, TM has also connected close to 106,000 homes and offices with our telephone service; 47,000 with our Broadband for General Population (BBGP) under the brand – Streamyx; in addition to almost 5,280 premises in rural areas via CDMA fixed wireless service and 1,549 TM WiFi locations as part of our efforts in expanding TM’s broadband coverage throughout the state of Terengganu and making Internet connectivity available to all. This is also in line with TM’s aspiration to become the preferred communications partner to the Government,” added Datuk Bazlan.
YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Said in his speech at the launch said, “The Terengganu State Government is glad that TM has successfully upgraded the broadband infrastructure in Terengganu with High Speed Internet or HSBB. I am pleased to share that the current broadband household penetration rate in Terengganu now stands at around 59%, which is the highest in the East Coast region. This reflects that Terengganu citizens have began to embrace the digital lifestyle and I really hope that my fellow Terengganu citizens will utilise the connectivity towards expanding their knowledge horizon, in line with the state’s vision of Terengganu Anjung Ilmu. Now with the availability of UniFi, we foresee that broadband penetration rate in Terengganu will continue to increase and is expected to reach 70% by year end.”
Currently, UniFi service is available at 83 areas nationwide in key economic and industrial zones including Klang Valley, Cyberjaya, Putrajaya, Kulim Hi-Tech Park and Bayan Baru industrial area with over 1.222 million premises passed. The areas include 63 in the Inner Klang Valley as well as Nusajaya in Iskandar Malaysia and industrial areas around the country including 2 in Melaka, 3 in Penang, 2 in Kedah, 9 in Johor, 2 in Negeri Sembilan, 1 in Perak and 1 in Terengganu. TM is targeting 1.3 million premises passed by the end of 2012.
UniFi is currently being offered via three residential and five business packages. The residential triple-play packages are VIP5 at RM149 a month, VIP10 at RM199 a month and VIP20 at RM249 a month. Each package comes with a triple-play comprising high speed internet, video (Internet Protocol Television or “IPTV”) and voice, with speeds from 5Mbps up to 20Mbps via fibre technology (Fibre-to-the-Home or “FTTH”). TM also brings HyppTV – a pay TV service – as part of its UniFi triple play service. Currently, HyppTV offers customers 90 channels (which includes 13 HD channels) consisting of 19 free channels, 36 premium channels, 17 Video-On-Demand (VOD) genres and 18 interactive channels. All UniFi packages also include WiFi access at more than 23,000 TM WiFi sites nationwide.
Meanwhile, the UniFi business packages on offer are BIZ5 at RM199, BIZ10 at RM289 and BIZ20 at RM359 per month for dynamic IP options; and BIZ10 at RM599 and BIZ20 at RM800 per month for fixed IP options.
Signed in September 2008, the RM11.3 billion national HSBB project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement between TM and the Government of Malaysia to develop and deploy next generation high speed broadband infrastructure and services for the nation.