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P1 Broadband officially launched in Sabah

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1) has officially launched its commercial broadband service in Sabah. The service was soft-launched back in July.

[ (Left to right) Yang Berusaha En Aaron Tan, – Deputy Director SKMM Sabah & Federal Territory of Labuan, Yg Berbahagia Tuan Che Azemi Haron – Deputy Secretary General of Communications, Ministry of Information, Communications & Culture Malaysia, Yang Berhormat Datuk Joseph Salang – Deputy Minister of Information, Communications & Culture Malaysia,  Michael Lai – CEO of P1 and Yang Berusaha Haji Md. Radzi Din – Vice President, Head of Regulatory of P1]

Earlier this year, the company announced that it will invest RM30 million to kick-start its East Malaysia service deployment. P1’s aggressive rollout plan intends to cover approximately 80% of households in KK within six months.

Currently, residents in Taman Parkway, Taman Selesa, Taman Kemajuan, Warisan Village, Karamunsing and Taman Sempelang are able to enjoy P1’s full range of products and services.  P1 will continue to cover more areas in KK by the day, followed by Sandakan and Tawau. The broadband company will also be introducing the WiMAX broadband service in Kuching(Sarawak) by year end.

Chief Executive Officer of P1, Michael Lai said at the media conference, “With our entry into Sabah, P1 is passing another key milestone in our goal to deliver Broadband for All. We want Malaysia to quickly reach broadband penetration levels enjoyed by developed nations and will heed to the country’s call for strong private sector participation to achieve this.”

“We also believe there is a pent-up demand for high performance and affordable high speed broadband in Sabah which our 4G services can fulfill,” he added.

According to YB Datuk Joseph Salang who officiated the launch, broadband is a necessity, the new life line for progress as proven by countries like South Korea and Taiwan which owe much of their rapid growth to strong focus on ICT development.

He added, “I am pleased to see companies like P1 help spur broadband adoption in East Malaysia and the rest of the nation. It is the government’s target to further raise household broadband penetration to 75% by 2015 and to address the digital divide between urban and rural areas. I am confident that we can achieve and even surpass this target with the key initiatives that the government has put in place and with the support by the private sector.”

P1 broadband service for Home users starts from RM63 a month for a 1Mbps/5GB quota and comes with a 24-months contract. Visit the P1’s dedicated Kota Kinabalu page for details on the packages offered.

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