As expected, TM and P1 will be collaborating together to deliver new communications services in Malaysia. Apparently, this partnership will be involving IP-based services via LTE. SK Telecom of Korea is also part of this partnership.
Puan Chan Cheong, the Group of CEO of Green Packet Berhad (P1′s parent company) in his speech has mentioned that this is an “investment agreement” which further confirmed the rumour that we have been hearing for quite sometime.
In just few hours’ time, Telekom Malaysia (TM) is expected to announce a collaboration with a number of unnamed parties in what the company has described as a “milestone agreement”. While these so-called industry players were not directly named inside the media invite that arrived into our inbox yesterday, it was stated that these parties are actually involved in wireless technologies.
Sparking our curiosity even further, TM has also said that this new collaboration will offer huge benefits not only to the industry but also Malaysian consumers in general. As TM is traditionally more known among consumers for its landlines and wired Internet services, this should be an interesting collaboration.
Frequent viewers of HyppTV on UniFi might have heard of this particular promo before but for those who are not aware of it, TM is now offering free package upgrade to 10 or 20 Mbps UniFi customers out there under a promo called “The Best Ever Hypp-Normous Deal”. By package upgrade, what TM meant is that 5 Mbps customers is able to enjoy 10 Mbps package without any changes to their current monthly fee.
Same goes for 10 Mbps package which will be bumped to 20 Mbps speed under this promotion. But of course, there is a catch: one need to subscribe to either HyppTV Megapack or HyppTV Sports Pack (which costs RM 50 per month) before 31 March in order to obtain the free speed upgrade. There is also another separate set of promotion for Streamyx customers under the deal, as shown in the table below:
In all honesty, it is not a mind breaking deal but still, it seems like an interesting proposition for UniFi customers that are already enjoying premium channels and sports package on HyppTV. Nevertheless, make sure to read and understand the promotion’s T&C in it’s entirely before you make your decision. To learn more about TM’s “The Best Ever Hypp-Normous Deal”, check out www.tm.com.my.
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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Two of the country’s biggest telco, Celcom and DiGi today have signed a long-term deal with TM to utilize the company’s backhaul network which is called TM Next-Gen Backhaul Services. Through this deal, both telcos will be leasing bandwidth from TM who delivered it through their fibre infrastructure in order to help Celcom and DiGi cater to the ever increasing demand from consumers.
Specifically, TM Next-Gen Backhaul Services will be responsible in delivering bandwidth connectivity to aggregation and access sites that are jointly owned by Celcom and DiGi throughout Peninsular Malaysia which covers the distance of 3000 to 3500 km. Both telcos pointed out that this new deal is a continuation of the existing collaboration that they signed in 2011 to jointly roll out more than 10000km of fibre network nationwide.
Said to be in effect for more than 10 years, the first phase of this new collaboration between the three companies will apparently take place from 2014 to 2016. Second phase of the collaboration will follow suit right after that which will involves the deployment of additional sites across Peninsular Malaysia.
For Celcom and DiGi, this deal is not only about meeting the increasing demand from consumers in a cost-effective manner for both companies but also to help them increase the quality of their services across the border including data and voice. That sounds really promising indeed especially of recent complaints from consumers and MCMC but to be frank, I believe we will only able to see the effectiveness of this deal once the actual work is implemented.
At the same time, the Group CEO of TM, Tan Sri Zamzamzairani have stated that their existing consumer services such as Unifi and Streamyx will not be affected by this new deal between the three companies as TM’s infrastructure have the ample capacity for future expansion and increased demand from customers.
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.
A rather interesting rumour has just come into our knowledge just as TM officially announced their HyppTV Everywhere and HyppTV for Streamyx yesterday. It is expected to be big one from the folks at TM… if proven to be true, of course.
According to our insider sources, TM will be offering English Premier League coverage on HyppTV very soon. Not much in-depth details were revealed to us with the exception of that the company have partnered with Astro to make it possible in a way that is similar to TM’s current arrangements with UEFA Champions League and Europa League contents for HyppTV.
It is indeed not the first time we heard of such plan since the rumor of EPL coverage on HyppTV has already pop up last week but instead of still being in negotiation, our sources stated that it is a done deal and the official announcement of EPL’s coverage on HyppTV will take place real soon. That being said, our sources stopped short of revealing the actual date.
Meanwhile, we have actually asked about this project during the HyppTV Everywhere press conference yesterday but didn’t received any official confirmation (or denial) from TM’s higher ups that were present at the conference. Well then, let’s see how true this rumour is going to be once the time comes.
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Bringing HyppTV to ever more users and platform, TM today has launched HyppTV Everywhere apps and HyppTV for Streamyx which in general marks the official arrival of the company’s IPTV service into mobile space as well as xDSL users. However, it is not a secret though both services have been going through live tests since earlier this year.
Provided on “best-effort” connection rather than through a dedicated bandwidth as per HyppTV for UniFi, the HyppTV for Streamyx will be made available as a standard with 8Mbps package while 4Mbps customers has the option to subscribe it for RM 30 a month on top of their monthly Streamyx package. The service comes with 17 free channels which can be further expanded through the optional HyppTV Packs.
Meanwhile, the Hypp Everywhere service for Android and iOS devices as well as web browsers is provided as an add-on service for all UniFi and Streamyx (4Mbps and 8Mbps) customers. It will be available in two different pricing tiers: Plan A which costs RM 5 with access for up two devices and Plan B that is priced at RM 10 with access for up to five devices.
That being said, HyppTV Packs subscribers will actually receive free access for HyppTV Everywhere Plan A. Not to forget, there is also an upcoming free trial period of Plan A for all UniFi and Streamyx customers starting from this coming 1 August till 30 September 2013. At this moment, TM have no plans to come out with HyppTV Everywhere app for other platforms such as Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 or BlackBerry OS.
To learn more about TM’s new HyppTV Everywhere and HyppTV for Streamyx services, just head on to www.tm.com.my/hypptv.
Local Internet users should expect to experience delays when accessing US- and EU-based servers throughout the week. A TM official has informed Lowyat.NET that an operator in the US is currently conducting urgent undersea cable maintenance, resulting in unwanted performance degradation when accessing servers located in the US and Europe. The maintenance will affect all local ISPs, and Internet users will notice some issues accessing US- and Europe-based pages.
The US operator has informed TM that the repairs are scheduled to be completed by Friday, with performance gradually improving as they near the deadline. In the meantime, TM’s network team have rerouted traffic but the official stated that subscribers should still expect to experience delayed response from US and EU servers from time to time.