The government plans to increase Internet speeds and reduce the price by half in two years time
The good news came from Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak yesterday, 12 March.
Speaking to Free Malaysia Today, Salleh said that the Internet speeds will be doubled and the price will be reduced by half to improve Malaysia's ranking in the countries with the fastest Internet speeds.
"The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is in the process of rearranging the spectrum. This is expected to be completed by the middle of this year."
"As soon as this is over, internet broadband speeds will also likely increase through more 4G and LTE services throughout the country," added Salleh.
Salleh also said that the Internet speeds must be increased in Malaysia, as the failure to do so will lead to Malaysia being left out in the "Internet economy"
Stressing that Telekom Malaysia has already started implementing fixed networks, Salleh said that this can increase the Internet speeds by double at the same price.
Fixed networks refers to developing and deploying fibre broadband infrastructures for users.
"Speeds from 5Mbps will be increased to 10Mbps, 10Mbps to 30Mbps and 20Mbps to 50Mbps at the same price," explained Salleh.
As of 2016, Malaysia was ranked 74th in the world Internet speed list, dropping a spot from its 2015 rank
Akamai Technologies, the company the provides one of the largest content delivery network services in the world, reported in July 2016 that the average Internet speed in Malaysia was at 6.4 megabits per second (Mbps) in the first quarter of 2016.
Meanwhile, in the Asia Pacific region, Malaysia's Internet speed is at the 9th spot among 15 countries.
South Korea has the fastest Internet speed in the world at an average speed of 29Mbps.
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Talking about Internet speeds, TM announced in January that they will be upgrading UniFi packages for free: