Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin has unfolded a basic mobile prepaid broadband package that costs consumers only 27 sen a day!
The basic prepaid mobile broadband package is said to be priced at RM10, while the basic postpaid mobile broadband package is RM8.
“The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission constantly monitors the packages and prices offered to consumers to ensure they can access the internet at an affordable price,” he said at the Dewan Negara yesterday (21 December).
Zahidi said this in response to a question from Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew on the government’s strategy in ensuring the price of 4G internet access is affordable, especially for the B40 group.
Meanwhile, Zahidi also said major mobile service providers were offering free internet of 1GB per day, which is equivalent to 30GB of free data per month from 1 April 2020 until the end of this year.
Besides, Zahidi said the major mobile telecommunication companies had been offering unlimited data packages for prepaid plans at as low as RM30 a month from June 2020.
“Digi offers special data packages to youths aged 12 to 24 who subscribe to prepaid packages, at RM30 a month for 15GB of high-speed data.” he added.
Nonetheless, Zahidi added that for high-speed fixed broadband services, some service providers offer a basic package of 30Mbps at RM80 per month.
As for areas without high-speed fixed broadband coverage, Zahidi said Telekom Malaysia offers its Broadband Lite Package at RM38, with 50GB of data, apart from other packages.
“Since the goal of the fixed-line broadband package is for household use, and taking into account the Statistics Department report that the average household as of 2019 comprises four people, this means the price of fixed-line broadband per household use is about 32 sen per day.”
“Clearly, there are various options offered according to the needs and level of ability of consumers, namely through mobile broadband and fixed wireless broadband,” he added.