During the announcement of Pakej Perpaduan which offers 30GB of data with 6 months validity for RM30, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said his ministry will be announcing good news for fixed broadband users in the coming months. He said there are several things he will prioritise to assist Malaysians, especially when the government wants to grow the economy while reducing the cost of living.
The major announcement today was a new prepaid data offer targeted at Youths, B40, OKU, senior citizens and veterans. The Pakej Perpaduan initiative is essentially an upgrade to the current Pakej Remaja Keluarga Malaysia and the new plan offers 50% more data (20GB to 30GB) and double the validity (3 months to 6 months). However, the plan comes with a speed cap of 3Mbps.
The biggest broadband pricing shake-up occurred during the previous Pakatan Harapan administration with Gobind Singh as the Communications and Multimedia Minister. During his tenure, he delivered on his promise to double internet speeds and cut subscription fees by half. As a result, Unifi’s 30Mbps broadband plan which previously costs RM179/month was slashed to under RM100/month. At the same time, existing Unifi Fibre Broadband customers were also given a turbo upgrade with higher speeds of up to 800Mbps.
Through the implementation of the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP), the cost for TM’s wholesale fibre was also reduced as well, enabling more retail telcos such as Astro, Celcom, Digi, Maxis and ViewQwest to provide competitive fibre broadband plans utilising TM’s HSBB network.