24 October 2010

What Malaysians really want from Telcos?

Recently, a little bit of whirlwind is happening in the local telecommunication industry, when Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) awarding the 2.6GHz spectrum to mobile telcos.

Why battling for the spectrum?
Without spectrum, mobile telcos will not be able to expand their digital business. That's why many quarters are lobbying hard for the precious spectrum allocations. The latest one is the 2.6GHz spectrum.

Who is the winner?
Surprisingly, all the 8 existing wireless players and 1 newcomer (see picture below) get 20Mhz block each. The only newcomer is a company linked to tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary.

Controversial part...
Unlike practices did by other global governments, there is NO tendering process being called. No tender, No contest, No transparent, No competition. In the end, No benefit to rakyat.

All these years, Rakyat has been suffering from high telephone bills comparing to other nations. Furthermore, the service and coverage is not up to international standard. To name it specifically, our broadband and Internet connections is suck given the price we are paying for. Achieving high-income nation status with current speed and price? Sure will failed...

What Malaysians want is better coverage, lower price, higher speed of Internet services to connect with the world out there. How are we going to do business online with the world? Dear telcos and MCMC, please think about it, for the benefit of Rakyat (YOU and Me).

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