Week In Review by Digital News Asia CEO Karamjit Singh. This week, telco matter take the spotlight as DiGi gets hit by RM10,000 fine for poor customer service and the race for more spectrum will be decided by who serves their customer the best.
The government, through industry regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), has finally announced the allocation of the much-anticipated 2600 MHz (2.6GHz) spectrum band to eight operators for the deployment of Long Term Evolution wireless technology.
Green Packet Bhd reported higher revenue of RM159.8 million in its third financial quarter, a 16% rise from RM138.3 million in quarter-on-quarter comparison. It also registered a better-than-expected RM9.2 million EBITDA in Q3, 114% up from previous quarter’s RM4.3 million.
Consumers can choose how they want to communicate and it may not be via a telco service. OTT (Over The Top) platforms will hit telco core services such as SMS revenues, Frost & Sullivan said in its annual review of key ICT trends in the region.
Recent research conducted by Ericsson ConsumerLab, on the estimated 63% Internet users in Malaysia, shows that smartphone penetration has the potential to rise from 47% to 73% and tablet penetration from 14% to 48%.
While Apple’s latest iteration of its smartphone – the iPhone 5 – met the general expectations of gadget pundits and market talk, analysts were divided as to whether Apple can win the long smartphone game in this increasingly fickle consumer-driven world.
4G services provider P1 has been appointed to the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) steering committee, the decision-making board for the 4G TD-LTE technology global movement.
Puncak Semangat’s initial interest in Jaring could very well be because of its data center infrastructure, which the Internet service provider has spent a fair amount of time and resources on building in the past two years, according to an industry observer.
Green Packet Bhd posted second-quarter revenues of US$44.1 million with a positive EBITDA of US$1.4 million, up 8% and 191% respectively year-on-year.
REDtone International Bhd has returned to profitability with a RM1.86 million (US$591,600) profit after tax for the financial ended May 31, 2012, following a RM12.3 million (US$3.9 million) loss after tax in FY11. The profit after tax was mainly driven by significant growth in its data and broadband services, the company said in a statement.