KUALA LUMPUR, 4 NOVEMBER 2009 Malaysian telecommunications provider Telekom Malaysia (TM) says it is on track to commercially launch the high-speed broadband (HSBB) retail service in four initial areas by the end the first quarter of next year.
TM group chief executive officer, Dato' Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, said: We are on schedule to begin retail testing of HSBB triple play services including voice, high-speed Internet and IPTV services involving selected premises in the four initial areas of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Bangsar, Subang Jaya and Shah Alam as early as next month.
Triple play product offering is also being defined to ensure customer experience is optimised, said Isa. HSBB retail service trials are scheduled to begin with 150 households involving TM employees residing in the four areas by mid-November 2009. Following that, in January 2010, an additional 300 selected households within the same areas will be involved in a more extensive phase of the HSBB retail service trials.
He said TM has completed physical work in four exchanges while work is currently in progress at 44 exchanges out of 95 exchanges nationwide planned to be covered by the initial rollout of HSBB services.
Isa added that by the end of 2012, in accordance with the completion of the first phase of the national HSBB project agreed with the government, about 1.3 million premises nationwide would have access to HSBB services.
As at end of the second quarter of 2009, the government has reimbursed TM a total of US$194 million (RM665 million) for work completed, he said. The reimbursements covered expenditure for work on the HSBB access infrastructure and HSBB IP core deployment as well as international links capacity expansion covered under the PPP [public private partnership] arrangement.
The nationwide areas, identified as Zone 1 that will be served by HSBB services include Inner Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia, all state capitals, key industrial zones throughout the country, institutions of higher learning and entry points such as ports and airports, he said. End-users in these areas are expected to be heavy users of the sort of applications and services that require the capabilities and capacities to be provided by the HSBB network.
Meanwhile, preparation of the soft infrastructure support ecosystem alongside the physical infrastructure development of the national HSBB project is also in progress, said Isa. On this score, more than 4,700 TM staff have undergone HSBB related training. Further to that, TM has also trained 489 out of 800 of its TM HSBB contractor force overseeing the physical fibre access roll-out.
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