PHOTO - Dato' Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, group chief executive officer, TM (fourth from right) exchanging the agreement documents with Michael Lai, chief executive officer, P1 (third from left) witnessed by YB. Dato' Joseph Salang, deputy minister of information, communications and culture (centre) while Mohamad Idham Nawawi, chief operating officer, P1 (extreme left) together with Datuk Dr. Halim Shafie, chairman, TM (third from right), Datuk Bazlan Osman, group chief financial officer, TM (second from right) and Rafaai Samsi, executive vice president, wholesale, TM (far right) look on.
Malaysian communications provider Telekom Malaysia (TM) and WiMAX firm Packet One Networks Malaysia (P1) have signed a deal to speed up the delivery of high speed broadband (HSBB) services to all Malaysians.
Under the agreement, signed on 12 October 2011, TM will provide the access and transmission services of its HSBB infrastructure, which gives P1 access to all 1.3 million homes covered by the HSBB network nationwide.
TM group chief executive officer Dato' Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa signed the deal with P1 chief executive officer Michael Lai, which was witnessed by the deputy minister of information, communications and culture, YB. Dato' Joseph Salang.
Zamzamzairani said this collaboration represented another step forward in the national HSBB, followed by earlier collaborations with Malaysian telcos Maxis and Celcom.
"TM's partnership with P1 not only reflects TM's intent to work with the industry but further strengthens our position as a neutral wholesale service provider," he said. "We are also keeping our promise of open access to all MCMC-licensed [government regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) service providers, as we said at the beginning of the HSBB project under the Public-Private Partnership Agreement [PPP] in 2008."
"With this collaboration, the telecommunications industry ensures consumers and businesses throughout the country will get to participate in the new wave of digital transformation sweeping across the country, thanks to HSBB," said Zamzamzairani. "HSBB services will reach out to more Malaysians and will ultimately provide numerous benefits which include bridging the digital divide and lead to innovations at home, work, business and much more."
Best of both worlds
"P1 was the first in the region to launch 4G wireless broadband and now, as we are expanding our broadband offering, we are the first to offer the combination of both 4G and fibre optic solutions for a segment of customers who want premium speed broadband," said P1 chief executive officer, Michael Lai.
"P1 customers are big consumers of data with an average usage of 12GB [gigabyte] per month. HSBB perfectly complements the demand for large data consumption at home," he said. "We are indeed excited about what this partnership means for our current customers and for future P1 customers who want the best of both worlds - fibre optics at home and 4G broadband on-the-go."
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