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P1 extends 4G to East Malaysia

AvantiKumar | May 4, 2012
Malaysia's Packet One (P1) invests almost US$10 million to extend its P1 4G service in East Malaysia starting with Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

Michael Lai, CEO P1

PHOTO - Michael Lai, CEO P1.

Malaysian 4G WiMAX firm Packet One Networks (P1) is to extend its P1 4G service to East Malaysia by the second quarter of this year with an investment of RM30 million (US$9.9 million).

Speaking in late April 2012, P1 chief executive officer Michael Lai said P1 would make its East Malaysian debut with Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

"Consumers and businesses in East Malaysia particularly Kota Kinabalu will soon enjoy the power of 4G broadband by P1," said Lai. "The P1 deployment team has begun rolling out in Kota Kinabalu and by the end of this year expects to cover about 55 percent of households in that city. In line with P1's mission of Broadband for All, P1 will gradually expand its coverage to Yankee, Lido, Fortuna, Karamunsing, Menggatal, Likas, Penampang, Pertagas, Inanam, Nosoob, Damai, Kingfisher Park within Kota Kinabalu, to other towns in Sabah and the state of Sarawak."

"Our strategy is to rollout P1 services one location at a time and best manage our deployment resources between East and West Malaysia," he said.

"People who know about the best value for money in broadband will know that P1 offers the best value for cost per gigabyte," said Lai. "The easy plug and play method of P1 4G minus the hassle of subscribing to a fixed telephone line for broadband are great plus points to experience P1's service. What's also amazing is with P1's OnePlan packages that bundle a fixed modem for home and an on-the-go modem, P1 customers can have the best 4G experience at the best value for money; using the right device for the right purpose."

Ahead of data usage forecast

He said that in the last three years since P1's service was introduced in West Malaysia, about 400,000 Malaysians are using an average of 17GB (gigabytes) of data usage per month on P1's 4G network, which is ahead of the 2012 forecast (of 12.4GB) by Informa Telecoms & Media on the Asia Pacific monthly average Internet traffic per user.

"We are truly excited that East Malaysia will be enjoying the freedom of 4G high speed broadband," said Lai. "Our 4G network is revolutionising the way people communicate and we know this connectivity will be a key communications and technology enabler for many years to come. With P1's 4G network, we hope to contribute positively to East Malaysia's economy, especially within the SME (small and medium enterprise) business as well as the tourism industry."

"Sabah and Sarawak are blessed with unique wildlife and beautiful landscape," he said. "The broadband access can enable international tourists and backpackers much easier navigation and discovery of its natural wonders as well as online promotion of the states' tourism hotspots. We understand a positive impact broadband access could have on GDP (gross domestic product) and attracting foreign direct investment. It also contributes to promoting national competitiveness by facilitating in a knowledge-based economy and creating knock-on effects in other sectors."


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