Photo - (Right) Shaharin Saman, CEO & Co-Founder of Fiber@Home with Penang Chief Minister YB Lim Guan Eng (centre) at the signing ceremony.
The Penang State Government's Fibre Forward plan, which will cover the island state with ultra-high speed broadband of up to 1,000 Mbps for both homes and businesses, includes Omesti Group company Fiber@Home Open Networks as a key partner.
More details of the initiative, unveiled during the signing ceremony witnessed by Penang chief minister YB Lim Guan Eng, include the intention to provide state-of-the-art communications infrastructure and more of choice for users.
Fiber@Home's open access network concept has already been adopted by the developers across the country and will now form a key component of the fibre infrastructure for the island state, said Fiber@Home co-founder & chief executive officer, Shaharin Saman.
Under the partnership, which includes a number of telco service providers, Fiber@Home has also been appointed as a representative on the Local Council for State Telecommunications, established by Penang State Government, where it will advise on high speed broadband and telecommunications infrastructure planning.
"We are delighted to have been appointed as one of the official infrastructure providers in Penang's Fibre Forward Plan," added Shaharin. "Our open access network concept dovetails well with the Penang 'One Dig' policy where multiple service providers use shared ultra-fast fibre infra to offer their services across several categories. This flexibility adds value to a community and gives the customer much greater freedom of choice."
The Fiber@Home Open Access Infrastructure network segregates ownership of the infrastructure from service platforms, he said, adding that multiple service providers can cost effectively distribute their services over a shared infrastructure.
Open access infrastructure
With this type of network, each connection is capable of handling several concurrent TV channels, HD telephony streams, and internet connections - plus additional services such as cloud storage, gaming, software on demand and video conferencing - all at the same time and without loss of quality.
Shaharin said that all users - whether residential or business - have access to ultra-high speed broadband of up to 1,000 Mbps, delivered over an all-IP, open access infrastructure, while subscribers have the ability to decide which services they want - at their preferred price point - on the spot via an online service portal.
He said Fiber@Home was now implementing a series of contracts for fibre-connected home installation based on its open network access infrastructure concept for property developers around the country.
Among its clients are Malaysia's top ten developers including SP Setia Berhad, Mah Sing Group, Sunway Property, UMLand, Tropicana Properties, Emkay Group and BCB Berhad.
"Malaysia's leading developers are rapidly embracing the Open Access Infrastructure concept as they recognise the value it brings to their projects," said Shaharin.
Among the major developments currently in progress is the Setia EcoGlades community in Cyberjaya where Fiber@Home is installing Gigabit Fibre infrastructure with speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps throughout the neighbourhood.
The open access network is now live at seven sites around the country in Kuala Lumpur/Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Johor Bahru, providing immediate access for 5,000 homes. A further 10,000 homes across the country will be connected to the open access network community by the year end.
The open access network infrastructure can also be made available to brownfield community developments said Shaharin. "Existing communities can also benefit from this open access network infrastructure. Once the high speed broadband infrastructure is in place, we set up a metro network to provide coverage to other communities in the area."
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