Is 25% the final cut or will it be reduced to 50%? | The Star Online

Gobind wants broadband ‘pricing to be halved and speed doubled’

ABOUT two weeks ago, Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), the main Internet access provider, published a pricing structure for access on its website that seemed different from what the regulator had suggested earlier this year.

That made it obvious TM did not agree with the Malaysian Communications Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) proposal on mandatory standard on access pricing (MSAP), leaving some industry players baffled as without the access pricing being reduced, it would be tough to push Internet access prices down. That may be history now since Gobind Singh Deo, the new Communications & Multimedia minister said this week that the MSAP by the MCMC will come into force.

He has promised a 25% cut in retail broadband prices by year end with the reduction in the access pricing.

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“But he has to stand firm to make sure the players really bring down prices and don’t drag their feet,’’ says an industry observer.

Gobind on his first day in office said he wanted broadband “pricing to be halved and speed doubled’’ but has only managed to get 25% reduction for now with implementation by year end.

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