Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) today announced the roll-out of its National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) pilot project in Jasin, Melaka. The pilot project launch was witnessed by Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communication & Multimedia. Residents will enjoy broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps, at reasonable prices.
According to my colleague Alexander Wong from SoyaCincau who attended the launch, TNB will not be selling services directly to consumers. Instead, existing service providers will be leasing TNB’s fibre infrastructure wholesale or for last-mile access.
Many are not aware that TNB has its own fibre infrastructure. In fact, the national utility has about 12,000km of fibre optic cables and is power lines are connected to 9.2 million customers across the country. Currently, the fibre network is primarily used for TNB’s SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems.
With the NFCP in place, the national utility company can monetise its mostly dormant fibre infrastructure and also help catalyse the government’s drive to offer broadband connectivity that’s “twice the speed, half the cost.”
In July this year, Telekom Malaysia (TM) and TNB backed out of a joint initiative to deliver the government’s National Fiberisation Plan (NFP).
At the official launch of the pilot project, familiar internet providers were there to offer packages to Jasin residents – Astro, Celcom, City Broadband, Digi, Maxis and Time.
Maxis’ offering is the same as its existing home fibre plans while Time is said to be still testing TNB infrastructure at this point in time.
In general, the broadband packages look extremely competitive. Maxis offers a 30Mbps connection for MYR89. City Broadband, on the other hand, offers similar speeds for MYR79. Speeds of up to 1Gbps is offered at just MYR199.
More details to follow.
Source: SoyaCincau – BM