(File pix) TM group chief executive officer Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa (left) with executive director and group chief financial officer Datuk Bazlan Osman (centre) and consumer and SME executive vice-president Imri Mokhtar at the press conference to announce TM’s Broadband Improvement PlanPix by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

KUALA LUMPUR: THE government’s plan to have fixed-line broadband services cost for consumers to be halved in two years is in line with Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s (TM) future business plans, said TM group chief executive officer Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa.

“There will be a reduction in access pricing. This is very much in line with how we see the market move.

“It is a question of timing, and the only difference now is that we have accelerated the plan that we already had in mind — because that is the trend we are moving towards anyway — now that the 2017 Budget announcement has been made,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

Zamzairani spoke to the media about the implementation of TM’s Broadband Improvement Plan for next year to benefit the company’s home and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) segment customers in the high-speed broadband (HSBB) and SUBB (Suburban Broadband) project areas.

“The average age (of Malaysians) is 28 and they are all digital savvy, and they all expect more from their service providers.

“We applaud the government’s recognition on the importance of digital connectivity to revolutionise Malaysia’s economic activity,” said Zamzamzairani.

He said the move will increase the reach, quality and affordability (of connectivity) to create a path towards the realisation of TM’s long-term digital transformation journey.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in presenting 2017 Budget, said that fixed line broadband service providers should offer services at a higher speed for the same price within the next two years.

Najib had said the government wanted the speed of the Internet connection to be doubled with the reduction in prices by 50 per cent, and he gave an example, explaining that a subscriber of 5 megabytes per second package at RM149 will enjoy a package with twice the speed, which is

10 megabytes per second. “We fully support the Government’s move to ensure that Malaysians are able to enjoy higher broadband speeds priced at greater value,” said Zamzamzairani.

“What was announced in the 2017 Budget is very much in line with TM’s business plan going forward.”