TM Completes Investment Into P1

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) is pleased to announce the completion of the Investment Agreement for its partnership with Green Packet Berhad (Green Packet) and SK Telecom Co., Ltd (SK Telecom) for the three parties to share in the ownership and collaborate in the future growth of Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1), Malaysia’s leading WiMAX wireless provider. Applicable approvals, including from the relevant regulatory bodies and Green Packet shareholders have been duly obtained.

Following the completion, TM emerges as the new holding company for P1 with a shareholding of 55.3%; and the remaining 44.7% is shared between Green Packet (31.1%) and SK Telecom (13.6%).

The partnership  drives  strong  synergies  from  the three  (3) complementary  partners  to work together  to  capitalise  on  a  viable  mobile  opportunity  and  deliver  the  next  generation  of converged communication services. It essentially enables P1 to crossover to LTE and offer full mobility while providing TM with an LTE-ready platform to accelerate and more efficiently make wireless  broadband  products  available  to  its  customers.  This  includes  access  to  suitable spectrum bands, the ability to draw on advanced technological  knowhow of SK Telecom, an existing customer base to build on, and the strong base of LTE upgradeable WiMAX sites to quickly achieve extensive LTE coverage.

TM sees the provision of mobility solutions to customers as a natural progression in line with industry evolution towards true convergence, not just from a technology or device perspective, but more importantly from a customer experience point of view, in the delivery of end-to-end broadband  and  data  services.  Its  investment  into  P1  and  the  recent  launch  of  its  first  4G broadband offering, TMgo are part of TM’s roadmap towards becoming the No. 1 converged communications service provider. It is also in line with TM’s vision of being an “Information and Innovation exchange” and will further bolster its position as Malaysia’s broadband champion.

The partners, together with P1, are currently developing a joint business plan and strategies for the realisation of partnership synergies. At the same time, the partners are conducting an operational review to further optimise operations for P1’s future business. Product development and commercial plans are also under discussion.

TM  will  play  an  active  role  in  the  management  and  direction  of  P1  through  its  strong representation at the board level. As the holding company, it also has nomination rights for key management  positions.  P1’s new board  and management  line-up  will be announced  in due course.

The lovely BenQ LED Monitor (EW2440)

The current monitor I’m using is a 22″ Viewsonic LCD monitor purchased from my trusty computer shop nearby my place awhile back. Because it’s an LCD monitor, this would be a great opportunity for me to compare against the BenQ LED monitor (EW2440).

Out of the box
Out of the box

Besides the LED panel, you’ll have the base and joint to assemble for the monitor. And connecting the two wasn’t difficult because the screw has a flap which allows you t tighten the joint without having to use a screwdriver.

Back of the LED monitor
Back of the LED monitor

After the base and joint are connected, you may need to use a tool to tighten it to the LED monitor panel. You’ll notice the screw at the near bottom. And naturally, being a new model in the market, HDMI connectivity would be the preferred choice.

And when I lifted the LED panel, it was nice to not carry one which wasn’t too heavy. It made assembling the monitor more pleasant and surprised me, because my LCD monitor is heavier than this!

DVI to HDMI cabke
DVI to HDMI cabke

Unfortunately for me, my Radeon HD4870 graphics card doesn’t have a HDMI port, so I got myself a converter cable. I guess I can still call this a worthwhile investment, if by chance, I would have a use for this in future.

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BenQ LED monitor in place

The black borders around the monitor you are seeing is not the frame. It’s because the scaling of the display is a little off. After some Googling, my answer resided in the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) for ATI cards. This was bad news for me because CCC is screwed up on my machine. It doesn’t launch, even after countless re-installs.

How the BenQ LED monitor (EW2440) performed for me?

Not letting this get the better of me, I still could use the monitor and it was obvious the colours was much more vibrant on the BenQ compared to my ol Viewsonic. It did take a little geting used to at first, but once my vision did, using the BenQ for my website designs was good.

Weird fact. When I did launch the game; Team Fortress 2, it occupied the screen from edge to edge. Plus, I didn’t notice any ghosting problems while gaming. This was definitely a good sign.

Ghosting was also not present during my viewing of anime and movies. The colours were crisp and black was black. Some monitors have a challenge with black and very dark grey. The BenQ didn’t have this.

If I were nitpicking, my 1 qualm I had over this monitor was the “buttons” for settings. It utilizes a touch-based button, so while pulling up a menu is fine, I sure wasn’t used to tuning my settings with it. Then again, I may not be just used to this touch-based button thing.

Overall, I would consider this BenQ LED monitor model as an option when shopping for a new monitor. And a quick lookup online for price shows you can get it around MYR 700. I’d say that’s not too bad.

P.S.: I’m back on my Viewsonic and I already miss the BenQ LED monitor because white was really white. Now, my white has a slight yellow. T_T