Coy no longer, TM says Webe to launch in mid-2016
By Lum Ka Kay April 29, 2016
- Webe is undergoing closed user testing
- Considering price revision due to heightened competition
FIXED-line giant Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) announced that its subsidiary Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd will be rolling out its Webe wireless Internet service – formerly known as P1 – by the middle of this year.
TM group chief executive officer Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa (pic above) said Webe is currently undergoing closed user tests.
“What we’re doing now since last December is that we’re testing the packages with a closed user group.
“They’re testing the process end-to-end – meaning that from the moment the customer orders the service to getting the SIM card and device, and billing delivery,” he told a press conference after the company’s 31st annual general meeting (AGM) in Kuala Lumpur on April 28.
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TM took a 55.3% stake in Packet One Networks in a deal that was completed in October 2014, becoming its former rival’s new holding company.
According to Zamzamzairani, Webe will be using TM’s 850MHz spectrum to roll out its cellular service.
“We have TMgo which is looking at rural areas, and which is also using the same frequency spectrum,” he said, referring to the wireless service the company rolled out to select rural areas in August 2014.
“Now that we have Webe, all TM’s mobility services will be consolidated under Webe, meaning that Webe will be available in rural and urban areas as well.
“Apart from that, Webe still has its 2.6GHz to service urban areas,” he added.
Meanwhile, Zamzamzairani said that the company might be revising its pricing due to the heightened competition within the industry.
“Where we see fit to compete on price, we will do so,” he said, however adding that “it’s not just purely about price – more important is the value that we provide our customers.”
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