Thursday, November 26, 2009


Investors put off by Malaysia’s high-cost, low-speed broadband

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Consumers in Malaysia pay some of the highest prices for broadband in the region, one major reason being the monopoly which state-owned Telekom Malaysia (TM) holds on submarine cable landing rights, a senior executive at a multinational company has asserted.

There is no shortage of gateway service providers seeking landing rights because of the pent-up demand for quality bandwidth, but the government must deregulate or liberalise gateways in order to improve competitiveness by providing larger broadband at lower costs, said Ryaz Patel, Intel Electronics country manager for Malaysia and Brunei.

Patel’s comments that the lacklustre quality and high cost of broadband is hurting the country’s knowledge aspirations come on the heels of warnings by Australian businesses that slow Internet speeds were putting them off investing in Malaysia.

Malaysia Australia Business Council vice-chairman Michael Halpin said large technical documents from Australia had difficulty getting sent over because of the poor quality broadband.

“Australian and American investors see this as a nuisance and an impediment to them to do business successfully here,” he said.

In a press briefing on Intel’s roadmap for 2010, Patel observed Malaysian consumers pay significantly more for broadband, but even to buy broadband wholesale as a service provider was ‘“frighteningly expensive” compared to its neighbours.

His comparison of regional costs showed Malaysian broadband offers some of the lowest speeds in the region, but at the highest costs.

[Excerpted from Business Times Singapore. Read the whole damning report here.]

And when you're done with TM, Namewee, let's go for BN!


KK said...

This is the usual result of monopolies, when there is no competitor, there is no incentives to improve service and cut prices.

wong said...

all are crroks yet we can live with it. i laugh at oursleves for doing nothing

power_lass said...

The average suffering Malaysian would probably not go the same length in expressing exasperation and outrage by way of brashness and profanities as this Namewee guy. But he certainly epitomises the deep frustration and anger we all feel towards establishments like this when we have to deal with them.

The employees, as shown in the clip, appeared relaxed albeit somewhat irritated by what they would view as this 'pest' coming in to the office in the middle of the night to create a commotion. Well, they can feel relaxed because they were not affected by the power outage, they were sitting in air-conditioned rooms and VERY probably working at about 5% pace and ZERO stress. And most importantly their GAJI is assured to be banked in month in month out, no matter what their performance or lack of it in their jobs.

It is those ordinary man-in-the-street whose livelihood depends on power being available, those deserving a restful night after a honest day of hard work who are directly and badly affected when outages like this can occur that frequent. And occur with such impunity to those charged with responsibility to maintain the supply.

Can we blame this Namewee guy? An now Fried Rice wants to fry him!

Brick World said...
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rick said...

The TNB song very nice - out on CD oredi or not?

Joe said...

They don't know the difference between breakdown and shutdown, and they think that Namewee doesn't.

I shudder to think what might happen if I walked in speaking English.