TM Launches 4Mbps Broadband
May 26, 2007 by Gaman
On 20th March, I wrote about TM plan to introduce 4 Mbps broadband to TM customers in June. True to their word, the package is now rolled out and available to home users.
TM has introduced two new packages, 2 Mbps and 4 Mbps which cost RM188 and RM268 per month with modem respectively.
While those prices are not out of reach for me, at those speeds, I still find them way too expensive.
I wonder who are they trying to sell the packages to. As far as I know, I should be one of those who fit nicely into their target demographics.
I am a heavy home user and not the average one. I make a living working full time online so the new packages should serve me well. But at that price, I have to pass. I don’t usually download/upload big files and I don’t play online games.
My 1Mbps broadband should suffice – at least for now.
Offering high priced packages ensure that they are shutting off the majority of users who would love to have speedier connection.
Let’s compare this to what Singapore’s Starhub is offering. They have 6Mbps for SGD58.80 (RM117.6), 12Mbps for SGD79.80 (RM159.6) and 100Mbps for 121.80 (RM243.6)
I am not sure if these packages are capped at certain Megabyte but it looks like with the price of 4Mbps broadband in Malaysia, you can get a 100Mbps in Singapore!
Then as I suspected earlier, this service is currently only available to TM subscribers in selected areas of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor. Those of us who reside outside of these selected areas are out of luck.
Despite those complaints, I’m glad that at least they are doing something to improve the speed of our broadband connection. Their effort to add redundancy into the infrastructure after the quake off the coast of Taiwan has yielded some positive result at least from my side. I am experiencing less connection slowdown these days.
If I am not mistaken, a 1MBps package for SOHO used to cost RM418 in 2005, today it’s RM300 less. Home users pay even cheaper at RM88.
They have to start somewhere and the price for 4Mbps connection will eventually go down. But they seriously need to reduce the price as soon as possible to encourage mass broadband adoption. Without the competition, we can’t expect this to happen anytime soon.