MCMC puts the heat on TM over broadband
By Digital News Asia November 19, 2018
- Views as unacceptable TM’s technical limitations excuse given to consumers
- Seriously views alarming decline in services, regulatory action possible
IN a statement released today, the Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) reminded Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) that, as the largest fixed broadband provider in the country with 85.97% market share of total subscribers, TM's inaction affects many Malaysians who depend on its network in their daily professional and personal activities. Consumers are demanding better services for the money they are paying TM.
At the time of writing, MCMC has received 7,946 complaints on TM services, representing an increase of 43% from 4,528 received in 2017. Based on average number of complaints for every 1,000 subscribers, TM has recorded the highest number of complaints when compared with other service providers.
These complaints centre around consumer dissatisfaction on pricing (21%), the lack of UNIFI coverage (16%), UNIFI service disruption (13%), billing disputes (14%), service delivery (14%) as well as other categories (22%).
The government views this alarming decline in TM’s services delivery very seriously.
TM’s repeated complaint handling approach in citing technical limitations and requesting consumers to exercise patience is not an acceptable course of action. Leaving customers in the dark is not the way a company of TM’s stature should operate.
On Nov 18, for example, TM informed its customers of UNIFI services disruption, but failed to provide reasons for it.
TM must also rationalise the disparity between UNIFI and Streamyx pricing per Megabits per second (Mbps) so consumers are charged fairly for the speed that they enjoy without technology discrimination. This is especially important in areas where UNIFI is not available.
TM needs to be transparent in dealing with the Rakyat by offering packages that are great value, not take advantage of consumer’s lack of options.
MCMC regards consumer protection as a key priority and will not hesitate to take any regulatory action against TM or any licensee found to be in breach.
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