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High Speed Broadband (HSBB) will bring the era of teleworking, digital homes and telehealth into reality.

The Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications (MEWC) now known as Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture (MICC) and Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has signed the Public-Private Partnership agreement to officially launch Phase 1 of the national High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) initiative.

English: Telekom Malaysia's logo as Jabatan Te...

English: Telekom Malaysia’s logo as Jabatan Telekom Malaysia before its privatisation in 1987. Caught from a Setelco rotary dial telephone circa 1970’s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Phase 1 of the project will cover the Inner Klang Valley, all key economic and industrial zones throughout the country, the Iskandar Malaysia Region, all IPTAs throughout the nation and all IPTS within the rollout areas.

The infrastructure will be rolled out over a period of 10 years with the Government investing RM2.4 billion and TM RM8.9 billion to provide high-speed broadband access to over 1.3 million premises by 2012.

HSBB is a premium broadband service with speeds of 10Mbps (Megabits per seconds) to 100 Mbps for residential customers and up to 1Gbps (Gigabits per seconds) for businesses for high economic impact areas delivered via fibre optic infrastructure.

HSBB benefits the country, by contributing significantly to economic growth as it will enhance the nation’s competitiveness in the region.

HSBB will act as a catalyst to spur the development of the local content eco-system as well as help attract international content providers to relocate their operations to Malaysia thus helping the country to save costs in the long run for consumers and businesses.

HSBB positive impact of broadband services towards the annual GDP will be 1% with an estimated 135,000 new jobs being created by 2010.

HSBB alone is estimated to increase the country’s GDP by 0.6%.

More significantly, for consumers, it promises a new lifestyle experience from all aspects such as teleworking, telehealth, infotainment, virtual shopping, high resolution video on demand, gaming, distance education among others.

Businesses will be able to improve management efficiency through new applications in managed services in accounting, supply chain or customer relationship management and can enjoy better integration with business partners worldwide

HSBB will spur the development of an IT savvy society, with knowledge capital development that will help in bridging the digital divide

Under the HSBB initiative, TM will roll-out last mile access network to homes and businesses to facilitate HSBB services using 3 main technologies, i.e. fibre-to-the home (FTTH), Ethernet-to-the-home (ETTH) and Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL2).

The importance of HSBB cannot be ignored or be overstated, as it will provide immense benefits to Malaysia and its citizens. Hence, it can no longer be viewed as a luxury.

In developing the HSBB infrastructure, the Government had evaluated several implementation models and based on findings it was decided that HSBB is to be rolled out quickly in a cost-efficient manner.

The Government will ensure that other players are able to access the HSBB network on fair terms and at a reasonable wholesale price.

The Government wants HSBB to be a competitive market with healthy competition. This will be done through a sound regulatory framework.

Realising the importance of the contribution of this industry to the country’s growth, The Ministry has taken numerous initiatives to expedite the implementation of projects and activities to increase the penetration of broadband in Malaysia.

The Ministry is responsible in ensuring the smooth implementation of the HSBB project and is a success. This includes ensuring an open network and a clear regulatory framework to ensure that the network infrastructure is beneficial to all telecommunication companies including TM.

TM is fully committed in supporting the Malaysian Government in the HSBB initiative, which will go a long way towards achieving the goals defined under the National Broadband Plan.

-SNASH-

(this article written for 1BINA.my)