I have talked about the issues bulks of times and I don’t think I will stop talking it so soon as the issue seems not to be solved in a moment.
I got some talks from BFM 89.9.The conversation figured out the position of the broadband development and the obstacles on it.I believe you might be interested in hearing it.Here we go:
Wong Kian Lon, founder of the recently bought over Biz Surf Wimax, talks about Broadband in Malaysia talks about the problems facing users and how the High Speed Broadband Plan will effect us all.
After listening to the dialogue,I think you will feel sad because the broadband service will likely have no substantial improvements in a short time.For me,I’m looking forward to a wireless servicer provider which could offer a cheap price and stable connection.
I went there yesterday.Because yesterday was Friday and still a working day,there was not crowded at all.In fact,after walking around for an hour,I found this PIKOM PC fair was not so great as previous ones.Well,it’s the effect of economical recession perhaps.
The most hot hall was promoting broadband service.As I mentioned in the last post that P1 Wimax just launched their tiny portable device-WIGGY yesterday,they did the promotional event magnificently and pushed other ISPs joining the battle.I felt that I was really in a forest.Actually those promoters insect in every corner and I hope you could escape from their hunting.
I met Mr. Yap in that hall who is the general manager of SyQic Capital,which works out Hypp.TV together with TM.He told me that he is doing his best to improve the quality of contents and is arranging to increase the numbers of channels from 30 to 50 by the end of this year.I appreciate to get his mid-long term plan and I think Hypp.TV could be an alternative option to Astro too if keeping on the track.
Mr. Yap also told me that the current monthly fee is RM9.90 without contract.People can try the service first for one month and then decide to renew it or reject it.More flexible packages will be on the market soon and at that time,Hypp.TV will be more productive and attractive.I’m willing to see the development.
WIGGY is released.It dresses up a cool and sharp design and shows with a nice promotion currently.
In the running and upcoming PC fair,P1 Wimax will sell the device with the following plan.
Do you mention that it provides up to 10Mbps for downlink?I think this is the fastest wireless broadband service in Malaysia currently and pays only RM149 per month.However,P1 Wimax still sets bandwidth limits for this package at 10GB monthly and frankly speaking,it burns my idea to try it.
My conclusion is this plan is for those young guys who may like surfing Internet all the time,but slightly downloading.
Anyway,I like to see those new stuff coming as more competitions between service providers will bring more benefits to consumers.
PS:I just came back from PIKOM PC fair in KL Convention Center and I saw the official launch and promotion there.I get some official source telling me that WIGGY,the modem itself is said to be capable of 20Mbps for downlink,but normally it could run at 5Mbps on average and once if you reach that 10GB cap,your speed will be locked at 400kbps (down) and 150kbps (up) respectively.
A bad story I had is one showgirl of P1 Wimax introduced this new product to me and said to me that Wimax never has any long latency issues as other wireless broadband such as HSPA and upon reaching the limits of 10GB,the speed would only be slightly moved to 4.8Mbps(down).I didn’t record her name and didn’t want to blame her either.However,we know that is a kind of misleading and hard sell.P1 Wimax,you have to train your employees to know all basic knowledge of your product.Otherwise,your brand will lose trust from consumers.
P1 Wimax is building its territory smoothly.From the current coverage map,you could find Klang Valley area and Pulau Pinang are the prioritized places that it intends to develop.
I feel that 30-40% of tactical residential areas in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are covered currently.However,the development in Pulau Pinang is just at a start point.
Well,only this small part of places are under coverage now.I heard that the process of expansion in Penang meets some problems as some people voices out with their negative opinions.I hope the issue could bypass in a very near future so that the plan to build Penang as another cyber city in Malaysia will only be fulfilled.
The above table is the current plans.I have to say that the cost for high speed access plans(2.4Mbps) are definitely high and uncompetitive,meanwhile,there are still some fair usage policy working on ‘Home Plan’.