KUALA LUMPUR, 11 JULY 2010 -- Malaysia's high-speed broadband (HSBB) service, UniFi, is on track with service availability now expanded to an additional 18 areas nationwide. This brings the total to 22 from the initial four areas launched in March 2010, said communications provider Telekom Malaysia [TM].
TM group chief executive officer Dato' Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said the new areas include industrial sites such as Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah, Bayan Baru in Penang, Senai and Permas in Johor, Wangsa Maju, Sungai Buloh, Puchong and Cyberjaya in Selangor, as well as Putrajaya and Damansara in the Federal Territory.
In conjunction with UniFi's service expansion to more areas, TM will be embarking on a more aggressive go-to-market campaign to woo subscribers, said Zamzamzairani.
We know that more and more Malaysians are now always online, hungry for bandwidth and ready to embrace a digital lifestyle. UniFi is for them as it delivers a faster, richer and more reliable online experience that opens up a whole new world of rich digital content, applications and services, he said.
He added that with the 18 new areas, TM's UniFi service rollout has now reached more than 375,000 premises passed. UniFi is expected to reach 750,000 premises passed by the end of 2010, and 1.3 million premises passed by the end of 2012.
Signed in September 2008, the US$3.54 billion (RM11.3 billion) national HSBB project is a public-private-partnership agreement between TM and the government of Malaysia to develop next-generation high-speed broadband infrastructure and services for the nation. By the end of 2012, in accordance with the completion of the first phase of the rollout as agreed with the government, the project would have covered about 1.3 million premises passed nationwide. These areas, identified as Zone 1, include the Inner Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia (Nusajaya), and key industrial sites around the nation.
TM is investing US$2.76 billion (RM8.9 billion) into the project while the government is contributing US$0.75 billion (RM2.4 billion) on an incurred claims basis based on project milestones reached by TM.
More than 300 installation teams
Zamzamzairani said TM's total expenditure related to the national HSBB project as of 30 April 2010 reached US$0.72 billion (RM2.3 billion) covering last mile access, IP [internet protocol] core deployment and capacity expansion for international links.
"More than 300 installation teams are involved in the UniFi service rollout to support the increasing installation orders," he said. "TM has also invested heavily in human capital development, with about 16,500 employees and 2,500 contractors having undergone HSBB-related training."
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