Malaysia’s fixed line incumbent Telekom Malaysia™ has revealed that 122 households are currently assisting in trials of its in-deployment high speed broadband network (HSBB), according to Bernama. The operator has said that the trials, which are taking place in Bangsar, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Subang Jaya and Shah Alam, are part of its progressive plan to roll out commercial services over the new infrastructure by the end of the first quarter of 2010. According to the telco the trials will allow it to test out its systems, processes and fibre installation methodology, with an eye towards providing an enhanced customer service experience when commercial service is offered. Those households participating in the trials have access to downstream speeds of up to 15Mbps, with TM enabling a triple-play bundle of voice, video and high speed internet for them.
TM has said it expects to complete work on the physical upgrading of the four local exchanges in the aforementioned areas by the end of 2009; it is currently undertaking fibre access work in a total of 44 exchanges out of 95 that have been earmarked for HSBB rollout. By the end of 2012 TM expects its HSBB services to be available to approximately 1.3 million premises across Malaysia.