As Malaysia welcomes the testing of Terragraph, we should not forget that for too long, Malaysians have been paying exorbitant prices for Streamyx, the only home fixed line broadband available to users not getting fibre coverage using TM’s copper network.
At RM110/month for 1Mbps to RM160/month for 8Mbps, Malaysians using Streamyx are paying much more than their counterparts do for fibre broadband services.
For example, fibre services from TM’s UniFi, Maxis or Time cost less, from RM79/month for 30Mbps and RM129/month for 100Mbps.
Ironically, slower internet is far more expensive than faster internet.
Many Streamyx customers are unable to opt for fibre broadband as our fibre network deployed by various service providers is not extensive. Many secondary towns and villages don’t have access to it. This deprives millions of Malaysians of high-speed fibre broadband.
While fibre coverage takes time to expand, and while new technologies are being tested, it is only fair that the government intervenes to bring down the prices of Streamyx.
While the higher speed fibre broadband was previously more expensive than Streamyx, the situation has changed in the last few months as the competition between Telekom, Maxis and Time, coupled with intervention by the government, has resulted in a reduction of prices.
Similar steps should be taken for Streamyx customers, especially those in areas without fibre coverage.
Rajiv Rishyakaran is state assemblyman for Bukit Gasing.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.