Malaysians, Your Internet Bill Could Be 57% Cheaper June Onwards!

It's only going to cost you RM25 to get connected online.

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Malaysians, rejoice! Telcos in Malaysia will be reducing their broadband prices after discussions with the government

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Malaysian telecommunications companies have agreed to lower broadband Internet rates, following discussions with the Government.

He said the commitment was given by the telecommunications companies, namely Celcom, DiGi, U Mobile, Maxis, Telekom Malaysia and TIME.

Rates will drop between 10% to 57% and is expected to be implemented in the next two months

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Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the new charges would see a reduction of between 10% and 57% from the existing rates. The new rates are expected to take effect “in a month or two”, Ahmad Shabery said.

Subscribers were expected to enjoy the cost reduction "in a month or two" because the telcos had to streamline their systems, while TM needed more time than the other companies to resolve several related processes, he said. "More people in Malaysia will be able to enjoy the broadband facility at lower prices," he told a news conference.

Plans will now start from RM25 for a 1GB plan on mobile broadband whereas fixed line services will cost RM13 more for the same amount of data

Mobile broadband packages will be offered at RM25 for consumers who subscribe for a monthly data cap of 1GB and 3G-HSPA for both prepaid and postpaid services. "For fixed services, Telekom Malaysia (TM) will be offering basic broadband at RM38 a month for 1Mbps of free data usage up to 1GB.

Ahmad Shabery said the monthly subscription for the portable packages would probably be RM25 for 1GB and at least 3G High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) for both prepaid and postpaid services. "This reduction is estimated to be 14 per cent lower than the current average price," he said. TM offers the basic broadband package at RM38 per month for 1Mbps up to 1GB of free data usage, which is 57 per cent lower than the current price of RM88 for the basic package.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek hopes that the quality of services not be neglected following the price drop

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Ahmad Shabery said he did not want the quality of service to be jeopardised following the drop in the broadband prices. "We want them to relook their investments to raise their capability. What's the point of low prices when the service is not good?" he said.

“Good Internet service and cheap rates will also make the country attractive to foreign investors and it will also help spur the economy as well as enhance the lives of the people,” he said. He added that the telco industry should also increase investments to expand their infrastructure in order to improve the quality of internet services. “Price is just one aspect, quality of service must also be provided,” he said.

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