Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has further strengthened its position as Malaysia’s Convergence Champion when the Company signed two Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreements with the Government of Malaysia for the implementation of the High Speed Broadband Project Phase 2 (HSBB 2) and the Sub-Urban Broadband Project (SUBB) to deploy the access and domestic core networks to deliver an end-to-end broadband network infrastructure and services, as well as increasing coverage for the nation.
The 10-year HSBB 2 project encompasses the deployment of additional access and core capacity covering state capitals and selected major towns throughout the country. It includes planning, designing, implementation, operation and maintenance of HSBB network infrastructure and services. Under the project, 95 additional exchanges will be HSBB ready providing access to 390,000 premises by 2017.
Meanwhile, the SUBB infrastructure will also be rolled out over a period of ten (10) years, involving the upgrading of existing copper lines to deliver high-speed broadband access speeds of up to20Mbps and up to 100Mbps in areas deployed with Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) technology, to over 420,000 premises by 2019.
The total cost of the HSBB 2 investment for a period of ten (10) years is RM1.8 billion whereby the Government will be investing RM500 million and the remaining RM1.3 billion will be invested by TM. The total cost of the SUBB investment for a period of ten (10) years is RM1.6 billion with the Government investing RM600 million and TM investing RM1.0 billion.
Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd. Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer, TM expressed, “We are honoured to have been given the opportunity to prove ourselves as the Government’s trusted partner in national development time and again. The successful roll out of the first HSBB project has elevated the nation to emerge as the highest in terms of number of high speed broadband subscribers in South East Asia and one of the most acknowledged fast track project roll-outs globally.”
“HSBB is our engine of growth. It is as an enabler that fuels the development of local content and applications industry with many potential high bandwidth next-generation applications. HSBB also serves as the growth drivers for data services in the midst of globalisation and rapid adaptation of Internet Protocol (IP) Technology. TM as the one of nation’s main trusted partner in telecommunications services looks forward to continue working with the Government and industry players to generate innovation driven, value adding activities via the implementation of these projects. The HSBB 2 and SUBB are set to benefit not only the consumers, but also Malaysian businesses as we will be able to provide Malaysians with world class network infrastructure and superfast connectivity, boosting the development of ICT-related industries towards fulfilling Government’s aspiration of elevating Malaysia into a high-income nation. Rest assured that TM is fully committed in supporting the Malaysian Government in these initiatives, which will go a long way towards realising the goals defined under the National Broadband Initiatives. We will continue playing our important role in further connecting and empowering Malaysians nationwide across segments regardless of locations; true to our promise of “Life and Business Made Easier for a Better Malaysia”,” he added.
HSBB 2 will see the expansion of the previous HSBB infrastructure, covering other priority economic areas including state capitals, selected major towns, including passing industrial zones throughout the country, passing Public Universities, Institutions of Higher Education (Institut Pengajian Tinggi Awam or IPTAs), Private Institutions of Higher Education (Institut Pengajian Tinggi Swasta or IPTS), Matriculation Colleges and other Government Colleges.
The SUBB project on the other hand will cover sub urban and rural areas, passing Public Universities, Institutions of Higher Education (Institut Pengajian Tinggi Awam or IPTAs), Private Institutions of Higher Education (Institut Pengajian Tinggi Swasta or IPTS), Matriculation Colleges and other Government Colleges.
TM will roll-out last mile access network for both HSBB 2 and SUBB projects to homes and businesses utilising FTTH, Ethernet-to-the-home (ETTH) and Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line 2 (VDSL2) technologies.
To date, TM had deployed UniFi to 103 TM exchange areas nationwide, covering 1.769 million premises. TM currently has a total of 2.29 million broadband customers, of which more than 800,000 are UniFi customers. In line with increasing demand for higher bandwidth, 53% of its broadband customers are now on packages above 4Mbps.
TM offers various UniFi package options with speeds up to 50Mbps together with HyppTV Value Packs for residential customers; and up to 100Mbps for business customers, for them to choose based on their lifestyle preference and business requirements.