TM expands HSBB reach, starts charging customers

5 Jul 2010

Malaysia’s fixed line incumbent Telekom Malaysia™ has expanded the coverage of its fibre-optic High Speed Broadband (HSBB) service to 18 new areas, including locations in the Klang Valley and further afield, according to the Star Online. TM has also revealed that it aims to sign up between 6% and 8% of the 750,000 premises covered by its new high speed network by the end of 2010.

Marketed under the ‘UniFi’ banner, TM has already signed up around 5,000 ‘early bird’ subscribers, all of whom have been provided their service without charge since commercial launch back in March this year; all customers will, however, begin paying for their connections from this month.

HSBB programme manager Ahmad Azhar Yahya, said that with the latest coverage additions the HSBB network now passes some 375,000 premises, while also reiterating the company’s goal of having around 1.3 million homes passed by end-2012. In addition the executive confirmed that TM has set aside around MYR2 billion (USD611 million) for investment in the new infrastructure this year, while as at 30 April 2010 the company had already spent a total of MYR2.3 billion on the project.

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