Malaysia meets 25% broadband price reduction target — Gobind

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PETALING JAYA (Jan 10): Malaysia has succeeded to meet its target of cutting broadband prices by 25% last year, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

“The target was successful as we have seen most of the telecommunication companies (telcos) including Celcom Axiata Bhd, Maxis Bhd and TIME dotCom Bhd, dropping their broadband prices by 30% to 65%,” he told reporters at the launch of Celcom's new headquarters here today.

"We have achieved the target set for 2018 and have over-achieved in certain aspects,” he added. 
 
Gobind said the government’s push to deliver on its promise for better internet speeds at cheaper prices, is to get more telcos involved, particularly with regards to infrastructure.

The minister also noted that the government’s recent high-speed broadband project in Jasin, Melaka has yielded good results.

"We can see that with the government’s push for more quality broadband, this new project of ours with Tenaga Nasional Bhd will be able to wire up many homes over a quick period of time and it yielded really good results with 100 megabytes of internet speed and in the post office, 1 gigabyte,” he added.

When asked if he was concerned about multiple internet service providers using TNB’s fibre infrastructure in the pilot project in Jasin, Gobind said by having more internet service providers using existing infrastructure, consumers can get cheaper and faster internet, as well as bypass red tape when it comes to the development of new infrastructure.

“We are looking at it from a very practical perspective. What we have established now is that you can use existing infrastructure, poles, pull fibre very quickly and deliver quality internet to not just urban areas, but also to the rural and remote areas," he added.