PHOTO - Y.A.B. Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam, chief minister of Melaka (in green shirt) officially launching TM's HSBB service, UniFi in Melaka while (from left) Rozlan Mohamed, state general manager, TM Melaka, Datuk Dr. Halim Shafie, chairman, TM, Datuk Bazlan Osman, group chief financial officer, TM and Y.B. Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz, deputy minister of information, communications and culture look on.
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian telecommunications provider Telekom Malaysia (TM) has launched its high speed broadband service (HSBB), called UniFi in Melaka, ahead of its original 2012 target, it said.
"Being the first HSBB service provider in Malaysia, TM is proud to be able to launch our UniFi service in Melaka much earlier than what has been scheduled," said Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture, Datuk Dr. Halim Shafie, who witnessed the launch by Melaka Chief Minister Y.A.B. Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam launched the new service on 28 July 2011. Also in attendance were Y.B. Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz and TM group chief financial officer, Datuk Bazlan Osman.
"Our appreciation also goes to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture for their commitment in rolling out this national broadband project under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement," said Dr Halim, who added that Melaka citizens have already started enjoying the service since 15 July, beginning with the residents in the Malim area. "By the end of the year, the service will be available to more than 5,600 premises in 15 residential areas connected to the Malim exchange."
In 2012, the coverage will be expanded to the Tangga Batu exchange, with a progressive rollout to other areas to be conducted in phases, he said. "Besides UniFi, TM is expanding the availability of its wi-fi service in the state, which will have more than 1,200 TM wi-fi hotspots by the end of the year up from 700 hotspots available currently. TM is also playing a lead role in efforts to expand broadband penetration to a total of 87,000 households in Melaka."
"Currently, UniFi service is available at 72 exchange areas and has reached total premises passed of 937,000 as at 26 July 2011," said Dr Halim. "The areas include the 60 in the Inner Klang Valley as well as Nusajaya in Iskandar Malaysia and industrial areas around the country including 1 in Melaka, 3 in Penang, 1 in Kedah, 6 in Johor and 1 in Negeri Sembilan. TM is well on its way to meet the targeted 1.3 million premises passed by the end of 2012."
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