While some users might not be aware of this, TM is currently working to turn P1 into a mobile player. By that, we mean as a full fledged telco service instead of just being ISP. Today, the company today has taken one step closer to its mobile ambition by signing domestic roaming partnership with Celcom.
It’s been a while since we heard anything from P1 and it looks like they’re back in action again. The company recently introduced new “unlimited” P1 ToGo Plan plans from as low as RM115.54 a month, inclusive of GST. On top of that, they are also offering the first month for free if you subscribe online.
I complain about the state of Malaysia’s internet like the rest of you. I have experienced the golden pastures of Korea and Japan, clocking ridiculous speeds in coffee shops and seeing that Speedtest needle redline like a a drift car attacking a course. I have experienced the time where not even an instagram picture would load while my phone proudly reported H+ with a smug satisfaction, like it wasn’t just H, it was better than that.
But when people were sharing this article from a daily that based on a study conducted by Ookla (of speedtest.net fame) proclaimed Malaysia to have, on average, slower (therefore worse) internet than neighbours Vietnam & Cambodia, even my jaded eyebrow was raised.
Today I rise to the defence of our internet. The numbers don’t tell the full story and lead us on a roundabout journey of self loathing and MCMC complaints when in fact, we are not doing so badly at all. The number at the end of a speedtest is not the be all and end all, being able to take the test in more places anywhere in the country, is.
Long rumoured to be a merger and acquisition (M&A) target, Packet One Networks (P1) looks ready to finalize a possible deal. The Star reports that necessary legal documents have already been drafted by advisers, with DiGi Telecommunications and Telekom Malaysia (TM) supposedly contenders for the company, which owns valuable 4G spectrum.
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Michael Lai, one of the friendliest faces in the local telco industry, has stepped down from his post as CEO of Packet One Networks. Citing personal reasons, his resignation has come as a surprise to many in the industry. Lai’s vacant post will be filled by P1 founder and current Chief Operating Officer, Puan Chan Cheong, effective 1st July.
In a press statement, Lai stated his pleasure at guiding the company through its initial stages, before fully backing Puan as the new CEO:
“I had the great pleasure to carry out the first part of P1, of Puan and the Board’s vision to see P1 take its place as one of Malaysia’s leading 4G telco serving converged fixed and wireless broadband, and voice services with next generation technology. I pass the baton now to CC to assume the P1 CEO role. I believe he will be the best person to see P1 through to its ultimate goal.”
P1 also had kind words for its outgoing CEO, praising his contributions to the ICT industry both in Malaysia and internationally. Puan even stated that “it will take awhile for (the company) to get used to Michael not being the face of P1 anymore.”
Us here at Lowyat.NET wishes Michael all the best in his future endeavours.
(Source & Image Credit: Digital News Asia)