Broadband is now cheaper after Malaysia’s government intervened

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Broadband packages in Malaysia are now cheaper, and entry-level packages by some telcos now cost less than RM100 (S$24).

This is around 30 to 50 per cent less than before, and is a result of intervention by regulatory body Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, several news sites reported on Monday (Oct 8).

On Oct 2, the authority had said that the implementation of Mandatory Standard On Access Pricing (MSAP), a government initiative to reduce fixed broadband prices and increase speed, was on track.

MSAP came into effect on Jan 1 this year, and the deadline for licensees to submit their agreements was eventually extended to Sept 30.

The key telcos named were Telekom Malaysia, Maxis, Time dotCom and Celcom.

A comparison done by World of Buzz showed that the price of Celcom’s 40Mbps package has dropped more than 50 per cent from RM180 to RM80.

A couple of telcos have also rolled out packages with higher speed of up to 10 times at lower prices.

TM’s former 10Mbps plan priced at RM129 now provides 100Mbps speed, while Time introduced a 1Gbps package for just RM199.