Technology News: Maxis Wireless Home Broadband!

I have been wondering WHY we only have TMNET as the major internet service provider here in Malaysia - where are the other competitors? What happen to them? Are Malaysians FORCED to subscribe to TMNET in order to have internet connection? WHY we do not have options to choose for alternative providers? (we have Jaring but people say Jaring sucks as well) It's not fair! TMNET monopolize the broadband industry! I'm sure people out there are craving for better and more reliable alternative providers...no more DSL light off/blinking, no more slow connection..frequent disconnection..connected but cannot browse...yada yada yada...

Finally my hopes and dreams are coming true..the evolution of wireless broadband internet is here! Malaysia's number one mobile phone operator Maxis Communications is set to launch an affordable wireless broadband internet for home users!

Think logically, if mobile phone operators are able to provide signal of data transfer for mobile phones, WHY can't they transmit data for broadband Internet connection as well? Maxis, DiGi and Celcom now provide signal coverage almost EVERYWHERE. WHY these companies are able to provide digital signal for voice and data but unable to provide broadband Internet service just like TMNET? One of the reasons is the technology barrier, because broadband internet uses the so-called Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology over the normal copper/fiber optic telephone cables to transmit data. With a few adjustments and tweaks, Maxis is set to break the barrier by introducing HSDPA (High Speed Data Packet Access) over its high-speed wireless 3G technology.

Known as 'Maxis Wireless Broadband', there will be specially designed affordable wireless home modem that uses a 017 SIM card to transmit data over its wireless network. Let's hope that the service will not be like crappy Astro, when there's rain, the service sucks. Maxis aimed to take over Malaysia's broadband industry by storm in the next few years...watch out you on-tv sick and fat blue hippo! Singapore already have 25 MBPS broadband internet connection speed offers for home users...imagine how fast that can be....while TMNET just started to test its 4 MBPS speed in the klang valley...sigh..

Maxis Broadband is set to launch on September 26th, 2006.

Maxis set to launch broadband for homes

KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Communications Berhad has announced the upcoming launch of residential broadband services over its 3G network.

Maxis is using HSDPA (High Speed Data Packet Access) technology, a high-speed upgrade of the 3G network, for the rollout of large scale residential broadband services.

HSDPA offers speeds that are 3 times faster than 3G and 20 times faster than traditional dial-up, allowing consumers to experience greatly improved Internet access to browsing, email, video streaming, online gaming and music downloads.

Consumers in the Klang Valley and Penang will be the first to enjoy Maxis’ new broadband services.

Maxis chief executive officer Datuk Jamaludin Ibrahim said, "Over the last 18 months, we have spearheaded global industry development by adjusting the 3G network to residential broadband requirements and by developing an affordable home modem that offers both Internet access and voice."

Broadband access will be possible not only in the designated High Speed 3G areas, but also across Maxis’ extensive 3G and Enhanced Data rate for GSM Evolution (EDGE) coverage.

"Maxis is determined to become a major broadband player and we have already committed RM150mil to build up and launch this business. From a technology perspective, we see both HSDPA and WiMax as the key platforms for delivering affordable, reliable and mobile broadband services to our consumers," said Jamaludin.

Packages, pricing and coverage areas will be revealed at the formal launch of Maxis Broadband, which is scheduled on Sept 26th.