Pertama Digital launches into fiber broadband services

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PETALING JAYA: Pertama Digital Bhd works with iFIBER Holdings Sdn Bhd to provide fiber broadband services.

Yesterday, in a dossier filed with Bursa Malaysia, Pertama Digital said it was in advanced investment and collaboration negotiations with iFIBER Holdings which were formalized in a memorandum of understanding.

Through this partnership, Pertama Digital and iFIBER seek to offer high speed Internet connectivity at affordable rates.

iFIBER is a Malaysian telecommunications company that creates an open access network that allows users to instantly switch between multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The company is building a last mile internet infrastructure to provide affordable yet super-fast fiber optic broadband to locals in Malaysia.

Pertama Digital said iFIBER has connected homes and businesses to gigabit fiber broadband broadband in Kota Kinabalu and plans to expand to Klang Valley and Johor Bahru.

Pertama Digital’s chief strategy officer, Saify Akhtar, said Southeast Asia’s recent digital flight has resulted in an overwhelming demand for high-speed internet services.

“This is important for Pertama Digital as we seek to promote equal access and participation in these productive opportunities by a wider section of the rakyat.

“This regardless of their geographic location and socio-economic status,” he said.

Meanwhile, iFIBER Executive Chairman, Wan Mohalina Wan Mohammad, said that to provide internet infrastructure capable of supporting Malaysia’s digitization plans, iFIBER has introduced an open access network business model.

This open access network business model prioritizes the interests of end users.

“With our service, subscribers can choose from the widest range of ISPs at flexible terms.

Our customers can even choose to upgrade their connection speeds instantly according to their specific needs, ”she added.

Pertama Digital said that under the Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela), as of 2020, there were 502,309 gigabit ports available in Malaysian state capitals.

The Jendela plan was formulated to provide wider coverage and better quality of broadband experience for rakyat, while preparing the country for 5G technology.

In order to achieve 100% gigabit coverage by 2023, broadband service providers must provide an additional 2,965,586 ports.

This leaves a gap of approximately 85.52% to be filled.

In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, iFIBER successfully connected 12,000 apartments.

Jendela set a target of 117,552 ports in Kota Kinabalu, of which only 46,610 were served with a minimum speed of 500 Mbps.

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