Malaysian telcos continues support for home-based teaching and learning
By Digital News Asia February 12, 2021
- Telcos continue to provide 1GB of free daily internet for learning tools, until April 30
- Operators provide special prepaid 15GB data pass for SPM, STPM students for US$4.96
THE big five mobile operators are continuing to support student learning during the Covid-19 pandemic by offering free 30GB Productivity Internet per month for the next two-and-a-half months.
In a jointly released statement, Celcom Axiata Berhad, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Maxis Berhad ,U Mobile Sdn Bhd, and Telekom Malaysia Berhad (through unifi Mobile) said that they have commited to providing 1GB of free internet daily for learning and productivity tools as well as for news website browsing April 30.
Since April 2020, all active postpaid and prepaid customers of the respective operators have been able to enjoy 30GB productivity Internet per month, except for social media, gaming, video and music streaming. The extras are over and above customers’ monthly data allocation from their existing plans.
To find out exactly how this allocation works and the list of services included, customers are advised to refer to their respective operators.
That’s not all. These operators will continue to support the people at selected People’s Housing Projects (PPR) by providing free WiFi and extending operating hours of Pusat Internet Komuniti (PIK) during these challenging times.
A total of 130 PPR and 54 PIK nationwide will focus on supporting students from B40 families with free connectivity that aims to facilitate home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) due to the movement control order (MCO).
In addition to the free 30GB internet per month, operators have also provided a special prepaid data pass for SPM and STPM students, as well as students in higher learning institutions. The prepaid data pass offers 15GB data per month for as low as US$4.95 (RM20) per month. The passes are available for eligible students from Jan 6 until April 30.
The joint industry initiatives are part of a continuous relief efforts undertaken jointly with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, and the Permai Aid Package recently announced by Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
Telecommunication operators will also continue to offer free and unlimited access to a range of information-related apps and services to ensure Malaysians stay updated on the latest credible news on Covid-19.
The list includes MySejahtera and MyTrace apps, and important health websites and hotlines such as the CPRC Hotline, Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation websites, and more.
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