Telekom Malaysia has announced the introduction of a new range of broadband and mobile plans in order to ‘boost its market leadership position and deliver on the national broadband aspiration with respect to price, speed and coverage’. Notably, the announcement of the new tariffs comes after the Malaysian communications minister Gobind Singh Deo last month said that broadband users could expect prices to fall by 25% by the end of the year, following the implementation of the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP) by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on 8 June.
While local press reports cited TM’s acting CEO Datuk Bazlan Osman as saying the company had not received an official directive to reduce broadband prices, the company is introducing a new ‘affordable’ entry-level fixed broadband plan. This tariff, which is targeted at the ‘bottom 40%’ (‘B40’) income group, will offer downlink speeds of 30Mbps and cost less than MYR100 (USD25) per month, a price the telco says represent a more than 40% reduction from its current 30Mbps offering.
Meanwhile, among the other tariff-related developments announced by the company, TM has confirmed its ‘turbo’ plans will be gradually upgraded to offer double their existing speeds at no extra cost, starting from 15 August. In the mobile sector, meanwhile, TM will re-launch its ‘unlimited’ unifi Mobile post-paid plan, which offers customers unlimited data, calls and messaging. It noted that this service is exclusively available to existing broadband customers, however.