A Malaysian’s characteristic is procrastination. I, myself, admit as being a victim of procrastination too. Being in a procrastinating culture, we like the thrill and adrenaline of completing or delivering goals last minute. Same goes to the Malaysia Wimax rollout now as the authorized license holders are racing to meet the end of August deadline.
At first, there were 4 authorized Malaysia Wimax license holders; Green Packet Bhd, REDtone International Bhd, YTL E-Solutions Bhd and Asiaspace Dotcom Sdn Bhd. Now, we’ve only heard a lot of Packet One (P1) followed by YTL E-Solutions then REDtone. Can the Wimax license holders other than P1 meet the deadline? Can P1 easily scale-up not only to serve a few hundred customers but a few million?
I would so like to know and see how all 4 Wimax license holders pullout their stops this August. From the recent media conference by P1 announced:
P1 intends to hold an event on Aug 19 to announce the prices and speeds.
Source: The Star, InTech
Then, following close behind in The Edge Daily is the announcement by REDtone:
REDtone International Bhd is planning a soft launch of its high-speed Internet access service using WiMAX technology in Kota Kinabalu on Aug 20.
Source: The Edge Daily
Which now leaves YTL E-Solutions and Asiaspace. Where are they? What are they doing? Or, are we going to see the them hanging up their Malaysia Wimax licenses?
Well, it’s only less than 7 days now before P1 and REDtone introduces their packages, prices and other good news (I hope) to the public. I pray the wait all this while has been worth it as many are impatiently waiting for them to release this information – including me.
All this while it’s been about the technology and it’s speed – at least for P1 from the newspapers and PC Fair 2008. Consumers like myself already felt the speeds but where are the prices? I’m going to take their word for it when they said it in the article:
WiMAX service prices would be competitive, compared to what is being offered now by other broadband service providers. Prices for these range between RM60 and RM160 per month now for speeds that range from 384Kbps to 4Mbps.
I hope and expect the Malaysia Wimax monthly rates to be as competitive right of the bat. So we can all wave, kick kiss and say our farewell to TMNet Streamyx.