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Malaysian PM launches special Internet package for university students

AvantiKumar | Feb. 1, 2010
Telekom Malaysia offers netbook and two-year free Streamyx service for just under US$15

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 FEBRUARY 2010 The Malaysian government together with local telcommunications provider TM has launched a broadband package for tertiary students in the country, which offers a combination of both a netbook and free broadband Internet access at just US$14.65 (RM50) per month for 24 months.

TM [Telekom Malaysia] group chief executive officer Dato' Zamzamzairani Mohd. Isa said the Streamyx Cool UNI Pack was officially launched by the prime minister of Malaysia, YAB (Yang Amat Berhormat) Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak in Pekan, Pahang.

 We are enthusiastic about the introduction of this Streamyx Cool UNI Pack exclusively offered to university students which will be inclusive of a netbook with free broadband Internet access from only US$14.65 (RM50) per month for two years," said Zamzamzairani.

"In addition, TM is also throwing in a free wireless modem, a free Streamyx Zone account and 50 songs download per month for 12 months from TM's very own music portal, HyppTunes," he said. "That's not all, as the students will also enjoy a 50 per cent discount off the subscription rate on the first month subscription fee and we are also waiving the US$21.98 (RM75) activation and US$25.79 (RM88) installation fees for the package."

"However, for those who prefer higher bandwidth, they can opt for higher speed packages starting from 512Kbps [kilobits per second] to 4Mbps [megabits per second] with minimal incremental fee of US$4.39 [RM15] per month," he added. "This package is specially targeted at university students who would like to own a PC equipped with broadband but are on a budget. This new and affordable broadband PC package is aimed at increasing the PC and broadband penetration rate in line with the national agenda of increasing the country's broadband penetration rate to 50 per cent of households by the end of 2010.

 

Getting more Malaysians online
 
With already more than 1.5 million broadband subscribers in the country, TM is continuing its efforts to get as many Malaysians online through initiatives similar to this, which makes getting connected' easy and convenient. With this affordable PC bundle option, TM is stepping up its social investment strategy in championing the cause to support the government's move towards achieving its goal for wider PC and broadband penetration that will plug Malaysia into the global knowledge grid and remain competitive with other countries," said Zamzamzairani.

"Apart from contributing towards increasing broadband adoption, the netbook package will also leverage on ICT as an enabler to support the government's move to propel the country towards a knowledge-based society and enhance skilled human capital, he said.