Malaysia’s Packet One Networks Sdn Bhd (P1), who teamed up with South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) in June 2010, plans to increase broadband and 4G wireless internet coverage and make Malaysia a regional telecommunications hub.

P1 will invest RM200 million (US$65.6 million) more this year to build capacity and enhance its services. It currently has 46% broadband coverage in West Malaysia and plans to boost that to 52%. SKT, who purchased a 25.8% share of P1 for US$100 million, has helped the company with an operations efficiency program that saw them build a 4G subscriber base of 280,000 customers. Their target is to make 4G available to 65% of the Malaysian population by 2012.

P1′s largest stakeholder remains Green Packet, and Intel also invested RM50 million ($16.4 million) to help set up a nationwide WiMax network. The ASEAN region currently has only 35% broadband penetration, representing a huge opportunity for service providers.

Singapore-Malaysia roaming charges to fall

In good news for cross-border customers, regulators Singapore and Malaysia have reached an agreement that will hopefully see mobile phone roaming charges drop 30% for voice calls and 50% for text messages. The governments will present their plan to local providers such as Singapore’s SingTel, M1 and StarHub, with a view to improving relations and realizing the economic benefits of increased movement and communications between the two countries.

source & article: Bernama