Communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil says a basic prerequisite for a successful digital economy is providing affordable internet to the public.
PETALING JAYA: A clear broadband policy, centred around fast, stable and affordable internet for all is key to ensuring a competitive digital economy.
Recognising this, the communications and digital ministry has taken the initiative to launch the “Pakej Perpaduan” – an affordable internet package targeted at youths, those in the B40 group, and residents living in People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and public housing (PA) projects, among others.
“Improving internet access has a dual strategy of maximising the country’s potential in the digital economy and narrowing the socio-economic gap between urban and rural populations,” said communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil.
The initiative is part of the ministry’s strategic plan to develop the country’s digital economy, under the “Malaysia Madani” framework.
Three plans are currently available: the prepaid mobile internet plan; fixed broadband plan; and the PPR/PA @MyKabel plan.
Each package is priced affordably, with prices ranging from as little as RM5 to RM69 per month, cheaper than current market rates.
Under the prepaid plan, users will get 30GB of data for six months at a speed of 3Mbps at only RM30. This plan is provided by CelcomDigi, Maxis, U Mobile, Telekom Malaysia, YTL Communications, XOX Telecommunication, XOX Com Sdn Bhd, Tune Talk and Pavo Communications.
This package is available to youths, the B40, the disabled, senior citizens, armed forces veterans as well as retirees from the police and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
The home internet package, priced at RM69 per month, is 22% lower than current packages in the market, but offers users the same standard of service, including speeds of up to 30Mbps and unlimited data.
Provided by CelcomDigi, Maxis, TM and YTL, this plan can be purchased by the B40, disabled, elderly, armed forces veterans, police and MMEA retirees, as well as people residing in PPRs and PAs.
Lastly, the PPR/PA @MyKabel plan is a two-year internet subscription contract for PPR and PA residents in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang.
With this package provided by Time dotCom Bhd, users will get an internet speed of 100Mbps at a price 30% cheaper than current packages in the market.
Fahmi expressed his appreciation to service providers for their cooperation with his ministry in introducing affordable internet packages to consumers.
“This is in line with the unity government’s goal to reduce the cost of living as well as ensuring comprehensive digital connectivity,” he said.