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Malaysian govt announces ‘affordable’ fixed broadband plan for lower income users

31 Mar 2023

Malaysia’s government has announced the launch of a new fixed broadband plan for the ‘B40’ lower income group, as well as pensioners and disabled users, The New Straits Times reports. The new tariff offers downlink speeds of up to 30Mbps for MYY69 (USD16) per month, a figure the authorities state is around 22% lower than the current market price for an equivalent plan. Details of eligibility for the new service have been published by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), with the regulator noting that the new plan is currently set to be offered until 31 December 2023.

Communications minister Fahmi Fadzil said of the development: ‘This Unity Fixed Broadband Integration Package for home internet is an initiative of the ministry in collaboration with fixed broadband service providers namely Telekom Malaysia™, CelcomDigi, Maxis and YTL’. The minister added: ‘This initiative also proves the unity government’s commitment in ensuring more comprehensive digital connectivity at lower prices in line with the Malaysia Madani concept.’

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