A deeper look into how Malaysia’s Big Three mobile operators performed in 2015 shows that 2016 is going to be another interesting year for the industry, writes Goh Thean Eu.
Digi reported a decline in net profit and revenue for both its Q4 and full year ended Dec 31, 2015, and this looks to have been caused by a hit in its migrant worker segment.
Maxis reported a 38% jump in Q4 net profit, driven mainly by its growing prepaid and postpaid business even while those segments saw a decline in subscribers.
DNA editor Goh Thean Eu crunches the telco numbers, and comes up with a surprise or two.
Recognising that the majority of Malaysian mobile phone users, especially youth, are on prepaid accounts, the Government will be providing rebates on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for prepaid cards, Finance Minister Najib Razak said while tabling the national Budget 2016 in Parliament.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has tightened the country’s prepaid SIM card registration process to combat high churn rates and abuse, including SMS spam.
Xpax Magic SIM weekly and monthly plans let customers access high-speed internet connectivity between 1am-7am for free, with affordable calling rates in tow.
Digi Bhd has entered into an alliance with Google Malaysia that will allow their customers who want to purchase apps and content on Google Play Store to directly debit their postpaid bills or via the deduction of their prepaid airtime balance.
U Mobile has announced its Power Prepaid Pack, which includes free basic Internet, free calls every day, mobile credit and more.
Digi has rolled out its new Smart Prepaid plan, which it said gives subscribers constant Internet connectivity and social messaging.