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Old November 3rd, 2004, 06:05 PM   #81
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JARING Aims 500,000 Wireless Broadband Internet Users By 2008


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 (Bernama) -- Internet service provider JARING expects its wireless Internet broadband users to reach 500,000 by 2008, says chief executive officer Dr Mohamed Awang Lah.

Speaking to reporters at a press preview of the wireless Internet broadband service, which the company would launch after the Hari Raya Aiditfitri holidays, he said that the company is targeting 100,000 users in 2005.

Dr Mohamed, however, declined to disclose the exact date of the launch and the name of the service nor the price of the package.

He said that the package comes with a phone, broadband and a box, which is like a modem to receive wireless signals from the base stations.

The area of coverage is within a five kilometre radius from the base station, he said.

Dr Mohamed said that initially the area of coverage would be within the Klang Valley before being expanded to all states by the end of next year.

"The personal computer (PC) can be installed to the box, which has a nomadic feature and can be carried anywhere as long as it is within the coverage area. It can also be powered by a car battery," he said.

He said that the box has a maximum speed of 10 megabits but the ones offered to individual users would be about one megabit.

On the broadband package rates, he said that it would come in monthly or annual payments. As for the phone charge, he said that there will be no charge if the call is from box to box, unless it is used to connect to an outside network.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on reports that the broadband market would be opened to foreign players, Dr Mohamed said that there was still a need to improve on the local broadband market first.

He said that foreign players would usually consider the urban areas, thus, leaving the rural parts to the local players.

When asked on the company's listing plan and whether it was contemplating on a merger, he said that no decision has been made on the listing while there was no merger talks with anyone.

As for its current separation status with parent company MIMOS Bhd, he said operationally, JARING has been separated from MIMOS since last year but legally it is still a part of MIMOS.

"We cannot be independent from our parent company because we cannot be separated financially. But we will become more independent as we progress," he said.

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DiGi Upgrades GSM Network To Be Edge-enabled


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 (Bernama) -- High speed mobile network service provider, DiGi, has confirmed a RM125 million network upgrade on its existing platforms to well beyond the Klang Valley area.

The EDGE-enabled (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolutions) upgrade is the result of a joint collaboration between DiGi, Ericsson and Siemens, it said in a statement Thursday.

Work on the continued upgrade will include Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Ipoh, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and is expected to be completed by early next year.

"This new expansion demonstrates DiGi's continuing progress and evolution in the GSM deployment in leveraging on its commitment to enable a larger community to move quickly towards 3G (Third Generation) services," DiGi's chief technology officer, Jon Eddy said.

Through this partnership, both Siemens and Ericsson will provide the EDGE infrastructure including upgrades for activation on DiGi's GSM network.

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Old November 7th, 2004, 03:46 PM   #83
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Jaring to break away from Mimos
By Reese Loh

The country's first Internet service provider Jaring will be “legally” separated from its parent company Mimos Bhd soon, its chief executive officer Dr Mohamed Awang Lah says.

He said the separation would place Jaring in a better position to move forward in a more competitive manner, while Mimos would focus on research and development.

After the separation, Jaring would take its own investment course, including “a few hundred million” to capture its targeted 500,000 broadband service subscribers by 2008, he told reporters after a preview of its latest wireless broadband services in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 3.

To a question on the possibility of the separation opening the door to bids for a stake in Jaring, Mohamed said: "I will not discount anything (acquisition) at this stage.”

He would not disclose the terms of the separation scheme, saying that an announcement would be made in due course.

On its broadband services, Mohamed said Jaring would launch its latest offering after Hari Raya, with a target of 100,000 subscribers at end-2005.

The company has invested over RM20 million to build its broadband base stations.

He said the service would be made available initially to users in the Klang Valley and introduced to other states later.


You can see the Soma's Wireless Broadband Modem in the picture...

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Old November 8th, 2004, 06:03 AM   #84
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The Star: 8th. November 2004

TIME dotCom makes comeback

BY HASNI MOHD NASIR

TIME dotCom Bhd is optimistic about its future direction and is banking on the next wave of broadband revolution to give the company a more meaningful presence as a corporate entity.

Managing director Tan See Yin said that compared with South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, which achieved fixed-line broadband penetration rates of more than 30%, Malaysia was still behind with about 0.4% of households.

“With such a low base, we believe that the growth will be explosive once people fully accept all those services using broadband,” he told StarBiz in an interview.

Based on Government projections, Tan said, it would take another three to five years before the broadband acceptance would catch up in Malaysia.

“The Government, being a prime mover for broadband, is aiming for a 10% penetration rate by 2008 to be followed by private sector acceptance after that,” he said.

From the early days, Time dotCom, then known as Time Telecommunications Bhd, has aspired to be a premier telecommunications and broadband player in the country.

It spent billions of ringgit on infrastructure development, including the 5,200km submarine and terrestrial fibre optic cable around and across peninsular Malaysia along the North-South Expressway. It also operates a mobile network under TimeCel.

Then came the 1997 financial crisis, and like some other companies within the Renong group, TimeCel found itself in a financial crunch that subsequently affected its operations.

A financial restructuring followed and its telco licence subsequently hived off to another player.

“It was a good management decision, we were the smallest and it is better for it to be merged with an established player,” he said.

The proceeds from the sale of TimeCel helped to strengthen the balance sheet, with liquid funds of RM695mil as at Dec 31, 2003.

Tan said the company was ready to move on and this financial year ending Dec 31, 2004 would see some improvement in EBIDTA (earnings before interest, depreciation, taxation and amortisation).

“We still have a long way to go, but we will see some profitability at the EBITDA level this year,” he said.

The company had registered a pre-tax profit of RM7.9mil, arising from an extraordinary transaction in last financial year from a pre-tax loss of RM662mil in the preceding year.

Tan is confident of the company making it this time around with broadband, saying that “we have all the resources to make it happen”.

“We have the people, the assets and also the money,” he added.

While building its broadband business, Time dotCom is also focusing on the payphone and fixed-line businesses to generate revenue streams.

Fixed-line business remained the major revenue contributor, accounting for RM461mil or 58%.

“Payphone is a good business. We have about 32,000 payphones throughout the country and the division is generating good cashflow of about RM217mil last year.

“We are trying to increase the average revenue per user (ARPU) of these payphones by between 10% and 15% from about RM500 to RM550 per phone per month,” he said.

Tan said although vandalism and theft had affected the business, some controls had been put in place to counter the problems.

A monitoring system is installed in each of the phones, enabling it to track the amount of money and check for vandalism.

Even with the strong inclination by the public to use handphones, Tan said, there were still users who depended on public phones to communicate.

“The penetration rate for handphones is about 12 million, so there are another 12 million users who still depend on public phones,” he said.

He acknowledged that the broadband business was “rather difficult” - constrained by a number of regulatory issues, faced by fast-changing technology, falling voice and data rates and high depreciation cost - but the future of broadband was still promising.

“There is no need for a merger of this industry, only more cooperation among the players,” he said.

One area of cooperation that Tan is looking at is the lease of assets among the players.

“For instance, we have a ready fibre optic cable available for lease by any interested party,” he said.

He also said there was no point of spending more money on these assets as it would only result in outflow of money from the country.

“The resources are already there, we could always resort to sharing them among the players,” he said.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 01:14 PM   #85
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Motorola wins 3-year network contract from Maxis


Motorola Electronics Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Motorola Inc, has been awarded a three-year contract to expand and upgrade cellular and radio access networks for Maxis Communications Bhd.

Motorola Electronics said this contract would enable it to support Maxis in the latter’s transition to third generation (3G) networks.

In a statement on Nov 8, Motorola Electronics said it would finance a portion of the contract but did not give further details.

The collaboration between the two companies started 10 years ago, with Motorola installing Maxis’ pan-European operating standard known as Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM).

Motorola Electronics also built and maintained Maxis’ 2G and 2.5G networks. In 2001, it installed the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) wireless data network for Maxis.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 01:15 PM   #86
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M'sia ready for user-centric broadband services
By Tong Yee Siong


The Malaysian market is ready for user-centric broadband services and telecommunications firms should now think of how to bring these services to their customers, says Alcatel Malaysia.

Alcatel said its recent online survey found that 88% of Malaysian respondents were willing to adopt user-centric broadband applications.

Carried out from August to September, the survey polled 2,779 telecommunications users, including 217 from Malaysia, of Microsoft’s MSN network across the Asia Pacific.

Alcatel Malaysia managing director Datuk Ampuan Yusof Kechil said the survey showed that the needs of Malaysian telecommunications users, both consumer and enterprise, were evolving at a fast pace.

“Malaysians are becoming increasingly tech-savvy and expect new communication services that are unified and powerful, yet simple to use,” he said in a statement on Nov 8.

Yusof said Malaysian respondents were most interested in adopting Internet security, one address book and unified messaging services.

He said 82% of the respondents “expressed particular appeal” for parental rights applications in order for them to track their children’s surfing routes on any fixed or mobile devices.

They were also most willing to pay a premium for services related to home and Internet security as well as best connection, but seemed unwilling to pay for the guardian angel services, he said.

He said Alcatel Malaysia envisioned a unified network infrastructure in the country, which would enable users to access broadband services from any available device with a single identity.
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Celcom Plans To Increase Its Coverage From Existing 95 Percent


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- Celcom (M) Bhd, premier mobile cellular telecommunications company, is planning to increase its existing network coverage covering 95 percent of the populated areas in the future to provide better services to its customers.

Its group chief executive officer, Datuk Ramli Abbas said to achieve 100 percent of network coverage was possible, however it would cost a lot of money to construct such infrastructure.

"Every year, we have allocated certain amount of money in our expansion plan which includes the plan to increase network coverage," said Ramli, who declined to disclose the amount.

Beside the costs involved, the geographical factor of an area is also one of the reason of why it is hard to achieve 100 percent coverage.

The company always looking at expanding their network coverage as well as to ensure its customer did not face any difficulties especially in receiving clear reception, he said.

"However, we advise our customers to stay out from danger zones in order to receive clear reception especially in preventing any mishap from happening to them," Ramli said when commented on an accident involving a woman and her child who were run over by a train in Machang, Kelantan.

On Nov 1, Zurianawati Abas, 23, who was carrying her two-year-old daughter, Nor Zulaikha Ezatul Rahimi, had purportedly stepped onto the railway track for a clear reception when calling her husband on the handphone.

In the accident, both of them died instantly after been run over.


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Telekom to sell remaining stake in S Africa's Telkom


Telekom Malaysia Bhd will sell its remaining shares in Telkom SA Ltd via Thintana Communications LLC, to a South African black economic empowerment consortium.

Telekom announced on Nov 9 that subject to conditions that are expected to be met no later than Nov 15, Thintana's 15.1% stake in Telkom SA will be sold to the consortium.

Thintana holds a 15.1% interest in Telkom SA. Thintana is owned 60% by a subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc while Telekom holds the remaining 40% stake.

In June this year, Thintana reduced its ownership in Telkom SA from 30% to 15.1%.

Members of the South African consortium will include Wiphold, a group representing more than 300,000 women; a number of broad-based women's organisations from all nine South African provinces; and the National Independent Telecommunications Organisation, representing about 2,000 community service telephone operators with a strong rural bias.
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Pay up, TM Net tells 7,000 subscribers
By Tamimi Omar


Telekom Malaysia Bhd unit TM Net Sdn Bhd says it will not write off charges that some 7,000 TM Net subscribers claim came from IDD calls made to international destinations without their knowledge via the Internet.

TM Net chief executive officer Datuk Baharum Salleh said the company could not excuse the bills for the international calls, as they were made willingly if not knowingly when they visited supposedly “fee” sites.

“When a user logs onto the net and enters a certain “free” adult entertainment website, the user is in fact registering to a foreign Internet service provider (ISP) and is required to pay international rates,” Baharum told the press in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 9.

He said the bills for customers who frequented these sites varied from just RM100 for some to as much as RM4,000. He declined to reveal how much was owed by the 7,000 customers.

“Investigations revealed that the IDD connections to international website numbers were made from residential premises and, as a result, the charges posted in customers’ bills are international call charges,” Baharum said.

He said this phenomenon usually affected dial-up Internet users. Those who only subscribed to broadband Internet were not affected by this problem, he said.
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DIGI may apply for 3G licence
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DIGI.COM Bhd, Malaysia’s smallest mobile telephone company, is mulling the possibility of applying for a third generation (3G) mobile phone spectrum licence, barely two years after it stayed out of the fray for the high-spectrum licence.
Mail Money was told DiGi’s chief technical officer Jon Eddy had briefed the staff late last month on the possibility of the company applying for the licence from Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

In 2002, DiGi had decided to stay out of the fray, even though it is firmly believed the MCMC was prepared to offer DiGi the licence if it had submitted the application.

People who worked on the 2002 proposal say the decision to abstain was made at the very last minute before the submission to the MCMC closed.

Instead, DiGi had chosen to upgrade its network coverage by using the EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) technology.

It is understood that DiGi, 61 per cent controlled by the Norway Government’s Telenor ASA, had allocated as much as RM380 million to upgrade its network by using the EDGE network this year alone.

The possibility of DiGi applying for the spectrum rights comes just a month after the MCMC said it may consider giving out an additional 3G licence.

Currently only Maxis Communications Bhd, the country’s largest mobile phone company, and Telekom Malaysia Bhd, Malaysia’s biggest fixed line provider, have the 3G licences.

The duo are expected to spend a total of RM7.8 billion over the next 10 years to bring high-speed mobile services to Malaysia
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Old November 9th, 2004, 08:02 PM   #91
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how many telecom companies (gsm) do you have in Malaysia?
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Actually we have 5 companies namely Maxis 012, TMTouch 013, DiGi 016, TimeCel 017 and Celcom 019... but now Maxis has merged with TimeCel and TMTouch merged with Celcom... so now we have 3!
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Actually we have 5 companies namely Maxis 012, TMTouch 013, DiGi 016, TimeCel 017 and Celcom 019... but now Maxis has merged with TimeCel and TMTouch merged with Celcom... so now we have 3!
great, salamat! it's somewhat similar in the philippines.
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DiGi undertakes internal revamp
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DIGI.COM Bhd, which runs the smallest of Malaysia's three mobile network is believed to have undertaken an internal restructuring exercise to trim the fat in the company.
As part of the exercise, DiGi, which has an estimated staff strength of 1,450, merged its information technology unit and technical unit. The unit is now headed by Jon Eddy, the mobile phone company's chief technical officer.

Eddy, formerly with Maxis Communications Bhd, Malaysia's number one mobile phone company, will take on more responsibility, and in effect will be the second most important person in the setup after Morten Lundal, the group's chief executive officer.

Lundal is a nominee of Telnor ASA, the single largest shareholder of the Shah Alam-based DiGi. Telnor, a company controlled by the Norway Government which owns about 61 per cent of DiGi.

Mail Money was also told DiGi's chief financial officer, Ho Meng, had tendered his resignation. It is, however, not known if the resignation had anything to do with the internal restructuring exercise.

For the three months ended Sept 30 2004, DiGi's sales rose 32 per cent to RM576.9 million, while net income rose to RM82.5 million compared to 33.2 million.

For the three months ended September, DiGi had a customer base of 2.81 million as opposed to 2.59 customers as at the end of June while margins improved to 43.3 per cent from 38.6 per cent
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Old November 11th, 2004, 12:18 AM   #95
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Actually we have 5 companies namely Maxis 012, TMTouch 013, DiGi 016, TimeCel 017 and Celcom 019... but now Maxis has merged with TimeCel and TMTouch merged with Celcom... so now we have 3!

Technically we have another two but they are not GSM but nonetheless cellular:

1) Mobikom (018)

2) ATUR (011)



Both are subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia but Mobikom had been dissolved following the aquisition of Celcom last year

So now the prefix of 018 is available for those whom like to start a mobile company ....anyway we still have 014 and 015 which hasn't been taken up yet
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Old November 11th, 2004, 04:12 AM   #96
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Yuppz... and Celcom ART 900 (010) as well... but now dun have oredilarr... all their subscriber changed to Celcom (019)
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Yuppz... and Celcom ART 900 (010) as well... but now dun have oredilarr... all their subscriber changed to Celcom (019)

Technically ART 900 is under Celcom.......rather than like Mobikom and ATUR which is a seperate company (I think ATUR is a separate company). It is like you can't buy ART 900 out of Celcom but if you want to own it you'll have to buy Celcom.

I could be wrong.....only someone whom had worked long enuf in Celcom could ans me that hehe
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The prefix 018 is still owned by Telekom today and they will be currently testing it for their soon to be launched 3G services.In the future all Telekom 3G mobile users wil be assigned 018-******* numbers.
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The duo are expected to spend a total of RM7.8 billion over the next 10 years to bring high-speed mobile services to Malaysia
In ten years time newer and cheaper technologies such as Flash OFDM and WiMAX might have already replaced them.Their progress is just too slow.
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The prefix 018 is still owned by Telekom today and they will be currently testing it for their soon to be launched 3G services.In the future all Telekom 3G mobile users wil be assigned 018-******* numbers.

Nope.....the 018 prefix are now back in the hands of MCMC and Telekom no longer owns it. Telekom's 3G prefix would be 019
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