20 December 2010

English Premier League from Maxis?

Recently, TM and Maxis concluded a 10-year agreement for TM to provide High Speed Broadband (HSBB) Access Services to Maxis. According to RHB research, Maxis with the agreement, can instantly roll out fixed home services to a potential pool of higher ARPU customers with last mile access via TM’s HSBB network to 700k premises, and up to 1.3m premises by end-2012.

Currently, Maxis’ fixed home services is limited to Bandar Utama, Sierramas, Bangsar and Sri Hartamas via its own fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. And, as Finance Malaysia know, Maxis is targeting to launch its service in the newly popular township of Puchong.

Maxis's secret weapon - Content
All in one, Maxis plans to roll out are IPTV, VoIP, video-on-demand (VoD) and high speed Internet. In fact, TM itself already offers some form of IPTV and VoD bundled in together with its core service of high speed Internet in its UniFi packages. Hence, content is indeed a very important element for Maxis to stand out. It is very likely that Maxis will leverage off its sister company, Astro especially for the Astro's exclusive rights of English Premier League.

A Win-Win situation 
For Maxis, it can save on its capex by riding on TM's HSBB network, without the need to build its own fibre network which could cost billions of ringgit. For TM, it could benefits from more wholesale revenue arising from a higher utilisation rate of its HSBB network.

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