Digital News Asia —WITH rivals Maxis Bhd and Celcom Axiata Bhd – and even fixed-line giant Telekom Malaysia Bhd – all making announcements this week, it is no surprise that Digi.Com Bhd has followed suit. Digi, 49%-owned by Norwegian telecommunications giant Telenor ASA, has unveiled two new broadband plans: Broadband 145 and Broadband 185, which offer customers 50GB and 100GB of data quota respectively.
Telecom Asia — Malaysia’s LTE operators are locked in a close battle for LTE dominance, with no one provider emerging as the 4G speed king, according to research from OpenSignal. An analysis of LTE performance from Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile from the wireless coverage mapping company finds that Malaysia’s 4G networks have come close to matching the global average speed of 13.5Mbps.
Digital News Asia — The past one week has been a rollercoaster ride for Malaysian mobile operators, and the signs are that it will be a while before this ride ends. About a week ago, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, in a review of the national Budget 2016, announced plans to optimise government income by reallocating telecommunications radio spectrums and making operators bid for them.
MALAYSIA is considered a fairly advanced nation as far as its telecommunication infrastructure, products and services are concerned. Beginning with GSM (Second Generation) technology in 1994, the country eventually adopted 3G (Third Generation) technology in 2005 and rolled out 4G (Fourth Generation) networks in 2013. This progress has been due in part to the proactive and forward-thinking nature of industry regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
2014 was an interesting year for mobile operators in Malaysia. Celcom Axiata Bhd appeared to have lost pole position in terms of subscriber base, Maxis Bhd starting to regain some of its lost ground, and Digi.Com Bhd continued to grow its market share in most, if not all, areas. Last year, Celcom’s total revenue fell by 4% to RM7.74 billion, while net profit declined 19% to RM1.7 billion. The decline was partly due to the hiccups it suffered when it implemented an IT transformation programme.
Celcom Axiata Berhad has just launched the First Basic and First Elite postpaid plans which it claims will be more flexible and convenient for customers. The First Basic plan has something which Celcom calls Optimiser that automatically provides additional free monthly Internet and voice usage by recognising customers’ monthly usage behaviour. With First Basic, customers who use more Internet will automatically receive more data while those who utilise more voice and SMSes will obtain more voice and SMS at no additional cost.