Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Telcos throw support behind Government's cheaper broadband call

Local telecommunication companies have thrown their support behind the Government's call for more affordable broadband Internet access.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie, who met chief executives of the service providers last Friday, said they shared the concern on the issue of affordability, particularly among the lower-income group.

He said several important issues such as quality of service and the future direction of the industry focusing on innovation and content to enrich user experience were discussed at the meeting.

"This is a positive response from the industry and I hope that the support by the industry CEOs will speed up the consultation process," said Dr Halim said in a statement.

In the statement, Axiata's group CEO Datuk Seri Jamaludin Ibrahim said the move to lower service charges would benefit the industry in the long run.

DiGi chief operating officer Albern Murty also expressed his support, saying the company's aspiration to deliver Internet for all is rooted on the principle of affordable access for broadband and mobile Internet services.

Maxis CEO Morten Lundal said that as a digital enabler, they were continuously helping their customers to have better Internet access by delivering the very best and worry-free propositions.

"There is a fundamental change in the way we are using the Internet today and Maxis is in full support of having affordable mobile services which will help complement that change," he said.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek recently said the Government would suggest structural reviews on payment for broadband services as the cost of installing fibre optic cables had declined following the drop in global oil prices.

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