YTL Communications (or more fondly known as Yes 4G) and Intel Malaysia earlier today have officially announced their brand new partnership which will see the introduction of 4G-integrated devices in the educational sector – specifically, the 1BestariNet program. While both parties have no roll out schedule to share during the press conference earlier today, Intel have mentioned that the 4G-integrated devices will be laptops and tablets that are running on Android or Chrome OS.
In theory, this partnership brings together a lot of great things on the table for both parties. For example, it allows Intel – who have always been interested in educational sector through our programs such as ISEF and many more – to be involved in the 1BestariNet which is a large-scale, national-level project involving more than 10,000 schools throughout the country.
As for Yes 4G, they have just got themselves yet another strong technology partner – not that they are lacking of them especially with Google, Samsung and many more are already at their side. To put things into perspective, Intel are able to provide pretty much almost anything that Yes 4G need for their service from processors for devices of multiple form factors to WiMAX as well as LTE chips.
Let’s not kid ourselves though: this partnerships is still at its infancy, to say the least. Anything could happen along the way but in my humble opinion, this newly announced partnership between Yes 4G and Intel Malaysia certainly have the potential to grow if they able to navigate it in the right direction.
When MCMC announced LTE’s 2600MHz spectrum allocation around a year ago, YTL Communications or more known to consumers as Yes 4G was one of the eight companies in the list. So far, they have yet to roll out any LTE-based service to consumers but that might change next year though as Dato’ Yeoh Seok Hong, the Executive Director of YTL Communications have stated that the company’s LTE network will be launched in 2014.
The revelation was made at the YTL Communications and Intel joint announcement which took place earlier today. However, Dato’ Yeoh didn’t provide any exact launch date or timeline for the roll out of LTE under Yes 4G. Nevertheless, he did pointed out that users will barely notice the differences as their Yes 4G connection will fall back to WiMAX in situations where LTE network is not available.
Truth to be told, this is actually not the first time that Yes 4G have listed 2014 as their LTE year. The company’s CEO, Wing K. Lee have stated in an interview back in May that “4G-LTE is a 2014 story”. He also has pointed out in another interview that Yes 4G will continue to use WiMAX alongside LTE. Additionally, the company will also continue using Yes ID as a master identity which altogether are in line with Dato’ Yeoh’s description above.
In conclusion, it seems like LTE main role for Yes 4G is to supplement the company’s existing capabilities to deliver high speed wireless broadband to users through WiMAX. That being said, I do believe that Yes 4G will add variety of services to take advantage of their LTE network once it is fully deployed in 2014.
While it was only three years ago that the government’s High Speed Broadband (HSBB) project first see the light with the rollout of TM’s UniFi service, looks like they are aiming even higher in the next seven years. As revealed earlier today by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, the government is currently looking into increasing the speed of the nation’s broadband connection.
According to the minister, the new speed range that the government are eyeing on is between 40 to 50 Mbps and they have already embarked on a study to measure Malaysia’s demand for data as well as the infrastructure requirements to meet the higher broadband speed. Additionally, they also are already in discussions with TM and other service providers to consider the level of sharing and investments needed for the project.
While the idea of having such fast connection is rather alluring, I do wonder how much it will actually cost for the rakyat to own a 40 to 50 Mbps connection at their home if the project goes through. If an existing 20 Mbps UniFi Home subscriber is already paying RM 249 monthly for the service, I believe that the cost to have such fast connection at one’s home will be too high.
If owning multiple SIM cards that shares the same account isn’t your cup of tea because all your other tablets do not have a SIM card slot, Maxis recently introduced a new 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Modem that allows you to connect up to 10 devices at the same time, and enjoy amazingly fast 4G LTE speeds of up to 75Mbps. Worth RM500, Maxis is giving it away for free if you sign up for any internet plan of RM88/month and above (12 months contract).
Maxis Wireless Broadband comes with 2 allocations of quotas, one from 8am to 2am and another from 2am to 8am. Peak hour refers to usage between 8am to 2am while off peak is allocated for usage between 2am to 8am, so if you have a lot of things to download, you know what time to start them so you can fully utilize all Maxis Wireless Broadband has got to offer.
In order to be eligible for the deal, you will need to pay an activation fee of RM100 and a device advance payment of RM240 during your initial sign up. The advance payment will be credited back to you at RM20/month for the first 12 months. The key features of the 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Modem includes fast speed of up to 75Mbps, the ability to connect up to 10 devices simultaneously and a long battery life of up to 10 hours for each full charge.
Of course, what’s good of a 4G LTE modem when you do not reside within the telco’s 4G LTE coverage area? Check Maxis’ coverage map in this link, or visit Maxis for more information and to check out the rest of their broadband plans.
So, the news is finally out of the bag: Astro has agreed to supply selected contents to TM’s HyppTV thanks to what have been touted as a landmark collaboration between two of Malaysia’s most well-known corporations. As what we have reported earlier, part of the deal includes two Astro SuperSport HD channels which are available to HyppTV viewers starting from today onwards through HyppTV Sports Pack.
The deal also includes selected live English Premier League matches through these Astro Supersport HD channels. Additionally, selected NJOI contents are also involved in the agreement although the details regarding them are yet to be finalized by both companies.
According to this report by Star Biz as well as a confirmation by Astro’s CEO, Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, the duration of this agreement has been set to three years. Furthermore, the deal has also made TM as the new presenting sponsor for Malaysian Super League, Malaysia Premier League, FA Cup, and Malaysia Cup which are all aired through Astro Arena.
Unfortunately, the Astro Arena channel itself is not part of this deal according to Dato’ Rohana. TM’s Group CEO Tan Sri Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa also pointed out that the Astro Supersport channels will not be available on the newly launched HyppTV Everywhere apps although they will still be shown on HyppTV for Streamyx 8Mbps and 4Mbps customers.
Tan Sri Dato’ Zamzamzairani also stated that the monthly fee of HyppTV Sports Pack will continue to remain at RM 30 until this September which will then be increased to RM 50 per month for new subscribers. Not to forget, existing HyppTV Sports Pack subscribers will receive both Astro SuperSports HD and Astro SuperSports 2 HD automatically.
All in all, we have to say that it is a very interesting collaboration indeed and might be beneficial to many consumers out there. Nevertheless, we do wonder how the agreement will affect the number of subscribers for Astro and TM’s HyppTV as well as the impact on business and operations of both companies.
An anonymous tipster has sent us the above screenshot which confirms the sports contents collaboration that Astro and TM have been working on. If you can recall, the official signing ceremony of the collaboration is going to take place today.
It appears that Astro Supersport HD and Astro Supersport 2 HD are now on TM’s HyppTV as the result of the deal. Interestingly, the channels are already live on HyppTV right now according to a quick check on my own personal HyppTV listing.
Our tipster added that the monthly fee for these new channels have been set at RM 40 each or they can also be obtained together as part of HyppTV’s Sports Pack for RM 30 per month. However, there is no mention whether existing Sports Pack subscribers will automatically receive these new channels or otherwise.
Meanwhile, HyppTV’s official website has yet to reflect the addition of these new channels. Hence, we believe there are still more info to be revealed at the Astro-TM signing ceremony later on. So, stay tuned.
[Thanks, Anon Tipster!]
Earlier this week, we’ve discussed the possibility of English Premier League coverage on TM’s HyppTV through a content collabration with Astro. Looks like the information that we received are technically accurate thanks to a media invite that we have just received from Astro.
As shown above, Astro and TM is set to officially announce their new collaboration at a signing ceremony that will take place tomorrow morning. There were no further related information were provided in the mail but the title of the invite – “Astro & TM Collaborates to Bring Local & Intl Sports to More Malaysians” – does sounds interesting.
Expect to hear more from us tomorrow as we will be there ourselves at the signing ceremony to seek further information about this new content collaboration between Astro and TM.