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.