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TM-P1 deal: Good plan but still a long, winding road ahead

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Last week, one of the most talked about stories in the tech space was Telekom Malaysia buying a 57% stake in Green Packet’s wireless broadband business, Packet One Networks (P1).

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It’s official: TM acquires Packet One Networks (P1)

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Telekom Malaysia (“TM”) today has officially announced a partnership with Green Packet Berhad, SK Telecom Co., Ltd and Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”) to develop the next generation communications services in the country. Subsequently, TM will be acquiring P1, which is a 57% unit in Green Packet.

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P1 kicks-off Snap, Post and Win campaign

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Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”) has launched a new consumer campaign where it will give away two iPad minis a week over a period of ten weeks.

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P1 Head Honcho Michael Lai Resigns

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Michael Lai, P1 CEO. Image credit: Digital News Asia

This just in. According to PC.com, CEO of Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”), Michael Lai, has resigned, citing personal reasons. Taking over the helm of the 4G operator, is Green Packet Group Founder, CC Puan.

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P1 CEO Michael Lai Awarded ICT Personality of the Year

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(Centre) Michael Lai, CEO of P1 and the P1 team

Malaysian telecommunication sector’s “Mr Nice Guy” Michael Lai, CEO of Packet One Networks Sdn Bhd (P1), has been awarded the ICT Personality of the Year at the 2012 PIKOM Leadership Awards recently.

The award is conferred to individuals who demonstrate exemplary growth and performance in the ICT industry as well as possess a track record in contributing to the local ICT industry.

Michael has been contributing to the ICT industry in Malaysia for the last 20 years. Among some of his key milestones include leading the launch of 3G services and adoption of fixed broadband in Malaysia. In 2008, Lai led P1 and launched the first 4G provider in Malaysia and South East Asia. Michael is also the first Malaysian to be appointed as the WiMAX Forum Board Member and a Member of the 4G Global TD-LTE Initiative Steering Committee, representing the South East Asia region.

Congratulations Michael Lai!

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P1 CEO Awarded ICT Personality of the Year in 2012 PIKOM Leadership Awards

Kuala Lumpur, (13 Nov 2012) – CEO of South-East Asia’s 4G broadband pioneer Packet One Networks Sdn. Bhd. (P1), Michael Lai was recently named the ICT Personality of the Year at the 2012 PIKOM Leadership Awards.

The PIKOM Leadership Awards is an annual event that recognises achievements of individuals in the ICT industry with the following categories – ICT Personality of the Year, ICT Organisation of the Year, Member Excellence Awards, and CIO Excellence Awards. Individuals conferred for this award has to demonstrate exemplary growth and performance in the ICT industry. They must also have a history of serving the industry and show prominent contribution to the ICT industry in the country.

“I share this award with my team members in P1, as well as our business partners who believed in our “Broadband for All” mission. This award is the result of a strong team believing in the same dream, works hard and never gives up. My heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of our team members who has walked alongside with P1 in the last four years,” said Lai.

Michael has been contributing to the ICT industry in Malaysia for the last 20 years. Among some of his key milestones include major involvement during the golden days of Internet. In addition, he was among the pioneers leading the launch of 3G services and later pushed the adoption of fixed broadband in Malaysia. In 2008, Lai led P1 and launched the first 4G provider in Malaysia and South East Asia. With his in-depth knowledge in the industry, Michael is also the first Malaysian to be appointed as the WiMAX Forum Board Member and a Member of the 4G Global TD-LTE Initiative Steering Committee, representing the South East Asia region.

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P1 Officially Rolls Out 4G Services in Sabah

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Packet One Networks (P1) has officially launched its 4G broadband service in Sabah, starting with capital Kota Kinabalu. The launch was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture, YB Datuk Joseph Salang.

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P1’s foray into Sabah is expected to be an aggressive one as the 4G WIMAX operator intends to cover approximately 80% of households in Kota Kinabalu within six months. P1 will invest RM30 million for deployment.

Chief Executive Officer of P1, Michael Lai said at the media conference, “With our entry into Sabah, P1 is passing another key milestone in our goal to deliver Broadband for All. We want Malaysia to quickly reach broadband penetration levels enjoyed by developed nations and will heed to the country’s call for strong private sector participation to achieve this.”

Introducing 4G services into Sabah is a positive step in meeting pent-up demand for high speed broadband, where East Malaysia is generally lagging in comparison with the Peninsula counterparts.

P1’s product range includes fixed-access home broadband with fixed phone service and on-the-go broadband for both consumers and businesses. Currently, residents in Taman Parkway, Taman Selesa, Taman Kemajuan, Warisan Village, Karamunsing and Taman Sempelang are able to enjoy P1’s full range of products and services.

P1 will continue to increase coverage in KK by the day, followed by Sandakan and Tawau. The company also expects to roll-out 4G services to Kuching by year end.
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P1’s 4G Broadband Officially Serves Sabah 

Kota Kinabalu, 13 September 2012 – South East Asia’s leading 4G high speed broadband pioneer, Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1) officially launched its commercial service in Sabah. The launch was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture, YB Datuk Joseph Salang today.

Earlier this year, the company announced that it will invest RM30 million to kick-start its East Malaysia service deployment followed rapidly by a debut in Kota Kinabalu (KK) in August. P1’s aggressive rollout plan intends to cover approximately 80% of households in KK within six months.

Chief Executive Officer of P1, Michael Lai said at the media conference, “With our entry into Sabah, P1 is passing another key milestone in our goal to deliver Broadband for All. We want Malaysia to quickly reach broadband penetration levels enjoyed by developed nations and will heed to the country’s call for strong private sector participation to achieve this.”

“We also believe there is a pent-up demand for high performance and affordable high speed broadband in Sabah which our 4G services can fulfill,” he added.

P1 services are powered by 4G wireless technology which is said to be a more efficient ‘data highway’ compared with either conventional copper wire ADSL or 3G.

P1’s product range includes fixed-access home broadband with fixed phone service and on-the-go broadband for both consumers and businesses. Sabahans can also expect a new broadband experience from 4G wireless as it is ‘plug-and-play’, removes the hassle of wiring or the long waiting time for service installation.

According to YB Datuk Joseph Salang who officiated the launch, broadband is a necessity, the new life line for progress as proven by countries like South Korea and Taiwan which owe much of their rapid growth to strong focus on ICT development.

He added, “I am pleased to see companies like P1 help spur broadband adoption in East Malaysia and the rest of the nation. It is the government’s target to further raise household broadband penetration to 75% by 2015 and to address the digital divide between urban and rural areas. I am confident that we can achieve and even surpass this target with the key initiatives that the government has put in place and with the support by the private sector.”

The 4G technology is designed for rapid and wide area deployment, which serves as the best solution for cost-effective broadband access compared to current broadband technologies. Currently, residents in Taman Parkway, Taman Selesa, Taman Kemajuan, Warisan Village, Karamunsing and Taman Sempelang are able to enjoy P1’s full range of products and services.  P1 will continue to cover more areas in KK by the day, followed by Sandakan and Tawau. The company will also be introducing their cutting-edge 4G services to Kuching by year end.

What early subscribers of P1 in KK say about the service – According to 32 year old Wilson Wilfred Doos, who uses the internet mostly for work and also sometimes to check his Facebook page said, “My experience with P1’s services started from the office as they too subscribe to P1, and I was so impressed with the speed and stability that I was convinced that I should get it for my home.”

As for restaurant manager and tech junkie, Kelvin Lau, speed was an essential to him because he does a lot of downloads and play online games as well. “A friend of mine who is using P1 recommended them to me. It’s been a good experience with P1 so far especially with speed and stability,” he added.

Another satisfied customer, 42 year old Rosminah Binti Moniring was introduced to P1 by a friend said, “I always feel the need to stay connected with my friends and family and do so via social networks. Therefore, I’m online all the time and I’m impressed with how fast and stable it is.” [/spoiler]

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P1 launches new MiFi MF230 with “The Dark Knight Rises” Movie

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P1, the 4G wireless broadband pioneer, has launched its much-awaited new MiFi MF230 device together with “The Dark Knight Rises” movie blockbuster. The pocket-size personal WiFi modem is targeted at users with two or more devices.

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The P1 MiFi can share a broadband connection to six devices – five via WiFi and one tethered via USB port.

[quote]“Many people have two or more devices that can include the laptop, smart phone, tablet, WiFi camera and gaming device. To connect all these devices with different broadband plans would be expensive and inconvenient. Everyone should get their own MiFi (personal 4G WiFi) and now they can”, says P1 CEO Michael Lai. [/quote]

The P1 MiFi modem is available for only RM100 with any standard P1 ToGo plan, its combo OnePlan or as an add-on to the ForHome plan. This means that the P1 MiFi can be as accessible as a once-off RM100 device fee plus a monthly fee of RM39. Heavy data users can opt for the mid to high plans which offer uncapped speed and up to 10GB usage quota. Competitor MiFi products range from RM250 to over RM400.

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As part of the campaign, any P1 MiFi with plan purchase comes with exclusive ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ merchandise for a limited time while stocks last. Visit www.p1.com.my/togo for more.

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P1 Rises with The Dark Knight to Promote MiFi – Its New Personal 4G WiFi Modem and Plans 

Kuala Lumpur, 27th of June 2012 – Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (P1) launches its new MiFi MF230 with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ movie blockbuster. The P1 MiFi (which stands for my personal WiFi) is a modem best suited for those who appreciate an affordable broadband connection for all their WiFi-enabled devices while on the go.

P1 MiFi can serve broadband connection to six devices, five via WIFi and one via USB port.

“Many people have two or more devices that can include the laptop, smart phone, tablet, WiFi camera and gaming device. To connect all these devices with different broadband plans would be expensive and inconvenient. Everyone should get their own MiFi (personal 4G WiFi) and now they can”, says P1 CEO Michael Lai.

The pocket-size P1 MiFi modem is available for only RM100 with any standard P1 ToGo™ plan, its combo OnePlan™ or as an add-on to the ForHome™ plan. This means that the MiFi (personal 4G WiFi) can be as accessible as a once-off RM100 device fee plus a monthly fee of RM39. Those who seek performance can opt for the mid to high plans which offer uncapped speed and up to 10GB usage quota. Competitor MiFi products range from RM250 to over RM400.

“P1 plans are designed for value. With P1 MiFi now available to more tech savvy Malaysians via our friendly price point, more of us can be like Batman whether men or women. Batman may not have superpowers but he can still rise to power and keep Gotham City safe assisted by his cool and sleek gadgets,” Michael said.

As part of the campaign, any P1 MiFi with plan purchase comes with exclusive ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ merchandise for a limited time while stocks last. To find out more about the P1 MiFi modem and plans, please visit www.p1.com.my/togo

About Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. 

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”), a subsidiary of Green Packet Berhad with South Korea leading Operator, SK Telecom as second largest shareholder, is Malaysia’s first and leading 4G telecommunications company. P1 represents the first large-scale commercial 4G WiMAX deployment in Southeast Asia, and the first large-scale deployment of an 802.16e 2.3GHz WiMAX network outside Korea. Although LTE is still in its infancy in Malaysia, P1 is already gearing up for 4G LTE transition and deployment through strong strategic partnerships with the world’s largest LTE proponents namely Qualcomm International, China Mobile Limited and being accepted into the elite Global TD-LTE Initiative (“GTI”) that encompasses more than half the world’s market potential. P1’s goal is to bridge the digital divide by making access to the internet universal, ubiquitous and affordable for every Malaysian. P1 hopes to play a major part in realizing the nation’s goal providing Broadband for All.

P1 was the winner of the Red Herring Asia’s Most Innovative Private Technology Company and was listed in the Malaysia Book of Records as Malaysia’s first WiMAX telco in 2008. In 2009, P1 bagged the MSC Malaysia APICTA Best of Start-Up Companies award as well as the 2010 Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Telecoms Awards for the Most Promising Service Provider of the Year. Its advertising campaign, “Sudah Potong?” also bagged the gold at the highly coveted 2010 Malaysia Effie Awards and in 2011, P1 received the Best Enterprise Brand from Global Golden Brand Award. Simultaneously, P1 was also awarded the Global Leadership Awards for the Internet Category. For more information on P1, visit http://www.p1.com.my/

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P1 Rolls Out Cheapest Mobile Broadband Plan – WIGGY 39

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Are you a lightweight mobile broadband user? Do you constantly look for a WiFi connection at shopping centres and cafes just for light surfing and updating your Facebook or Twitter? If you are, then Malaysia’s first and leading 4G wireless broadband service provider, Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd or P1, has a value proposition for you. The people behind the wacky “Potong Stim” campaign  has just added a new low cost WIGGY 39 Plan to complement its repertoire of affordable wireless broadband plans. The WIGGY 39 Plan is reputed to be the lowest priced post-paid mobile broadband plan in Malaysia. Available since last week, the plan offers subscribers a discounted rate of RM19 for the first two months.

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“Lagi Potong Stim!” – P1 Launches New One 69 Plan with Money-Back Guarantee

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P1 CEO Michael Lai launches ONE 69 Plan & Lagi Potong Stim campaign

Malaysia’s first and leading 4G wireless broadband provider and one with the biggest sense of humour – Packet One Network (Malaysia) Sdn.Bhd. (“P1”), has launched a brand new campaign called “Lagi Potong Stim!”, in line with the introduction of a new P1 4G One 69 Plan. This is an additional plan to complement their three existing ONE Plan offerings. P1 launched the ONE Plan earlier in July, but today added this extra plan to make quality 4G broadband at home and on-the-go even more affordable. What’s also interesting is this plan comes with a money-back guarantee, the only provider in Malaysia to offer this.

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P1 and China Mobile Sign MoU to Promote TD-LTE Adoption

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Puan Chan Cheong, Group Managing Director and Group CEO of Green Packet Berhad; Huang Yuhong, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute; YB Dato’ Joseph Salang Gandum, Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Malaysia; His Excellency Chen Dehai, Charge D’Affaires of the People’s Republic of China Embassy; Michael Lai, CEO of P1

China Mobile and Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd (“P1”), signed a technology cooperation agreement today, to spearhead the adoption of TD-LTE technology in Malaysia and South-East Asia. P1 is Malaysia’s first and leading 4G telecommunications company with the country’s widest WiMAX coverage.

The collaborative arrangement has several principal goals. Firstly, to promote TD-LTE as a global standard in general, and early adoption in South-East Asia. Secondly to promote Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) throughout South-East Asia, and last but not least, to kick-off the deployment of TD-LTE in Malaysia.