KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 27, 2018: Telecommunications companies have been warned that strict action will be taken against those that fail to lower broadband charges.
To date only Telekom Malaysia and Maxis have adhered to the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP) enforced beginning June.
The ministry initially set the deadline at July 31 to review commercial discussions but following appeals, agreed to postpone it to the end of this month, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo today after the opening of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Preparatory Group meeting.
“We are still waiting for the other telcos to do the same. We’ll take action against them if they fail to adhere to the MSAP by the month’s end. We are serious about this,” he said.
On July 13, Gobind tweeted that he hoped all telcos would come up with a proposal on ways to reduce broadband prices and also increase the speed.
At today’s event Gobind said Malaysia had achieved 94.4 per cent broadband penetration in populated areas of the country as of July. The target is to achieve 94.5 per cent penetration by the year’s end.
“The target of achieving 95 per cent broadband coverage in populated areas throughout the country by 2020 is achievable.
“To achieve the remaining five per cent may not sound difficult but those who have been in this industry know that it’s the last few per cent which will be the most expensive to reach.” — Bernama