TMNet To Increase Broadband Capacity.
Internet services provider, TMNet Sdn Bhd, plans to increase its broadband capacity to four megabit (MB) by year-end from existing two MB to cater to the emerging technological evolution trend of IPTV (Internet protocol television), broadband phone, video phone and online learning.
TMNet general manager (corporate strategy/services), Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek, said Malaysia was currently in the second phase of the broadband life cycle and to move to the third stage of the growing technology in IPTV and broadband phone it would need a greater bandwidth and infrastructure.
"Currently, we have 700,000 subscribers and we expect to increase them to 900,000 by year-end," he said at the inaugural Business & Technology Speakers' Series Forum entitled "Triple Play: Exploring Potentials and Monetising Opportunities" here Wednesday. The forum is organised by Malaysia Debt Ventures Bhd (MDV).
Another speaker, Andrew Chetham, research vice president (telecommunications) of Gartner, said IPTV would be essentially the future applications platform. "The IPTV market has a low price entry level. "Asia is leading the revolution and is the fastest-growing market for IPTV, followed by Europe and the US," he said.
Earlier, in his speech at the opening of the forum, MDV managing director/chief executive officer, Md Zubir Ansori Yahaya, said triple play deployment was surging ahead and in the next three years, 80 percent of the world's broadband subscribers would be in Asia. "The region is leading the broadband adoption to the home and mobile devices supported by a better infrastructure that can accept triple play," he said.
Zubir said trends towards triple play were already evolving with the recent announcement by the government to form a telecommunications infrastructure and management company. "Such efforts from the government will further spur the broadband penetration which stands at two percent in the first quarter of 2006," he said.
The forum aims to provide a platform for marketing, networking and knowledge-sharing within the industry players.