Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) and Astro
Malaysia Holdings Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiary, MEASAT Broadcast Network
Systems Sdn Bhd (Astro) today inked deals to collaborate in delivering a high quality digital experience to all Malaysians. The collaboration also signifies both companies' commitment to support
the “Jalinan Digital Negara” (JENDELA) initiative in providing wider broadband
coverage and a better experience nationwide.
agreements were signed by Imri Mokhtar, Group Chief Executive Officer of TM and
Amar Huzaimi Md Deris, Executive Vice President, TM WHOLESALE while Astro was represented
by Henry Tan, Group Chief Executive Officer and Shafiq Abdul Jabbar, Group
Chief Financial Officer.
Through this strategic collaboration, TM, via TM WHOLESALE, its
global and wholesale business arm, will provide Astro with a full suite of infrastructure
and connectivity solutions that comprises the whole range of wholesale services
inclusive of high speed broadband (HSBB), bandwidth, backhaul and Internet
access. This extensive and robust fibre network infrastructure will
enable TM together with Astro to provide high-quality and reliable connectivity
to their end-users.
With TM’s HSBB service, Astro also
will be able to provide broadband services to its customers without having the
need to build a new infrastructure while extending its coverage to wider areas across
the country via a fibre network. As for Internet services, TM’s internet access
solution will enable Astro to offer high performance internet connectivity and
a comprehensive solution to its customers.
To complete the services, TM will also provide Astro with its
Content Delivery Network (TM CDN), a newly developed content platform service that
delivers seamless, faster and secure digital content. This will enable Astro to
strengthen its video streaming efficiency to its current service offerings.
Commenting on the collaboration, Imri said: “TM as the
leading infrastructure partner for High Speed Broadband wholesale services,
leveraged its superior network nationwide to support the industry’s broadband
growth. We are also the primary mobile backhaul infrastructure provider for the
industry with extensive coverage and capacity. As the
digital infrastructure accelerator in Malaysia, we have always been a strong advocate of
infrastructure sharing. Thus we are
honoured to be given this opportunity to leverage each other’s expertise to
provide Malaysians with high quality broadband and content services that we
have. This strategic collaboration also demonstrates our commitment to ensure
Malaysians are provided with a seamless and “always-on” connectivity experience.
We are happy to work with Astro and this is yet another testament to our pivotal
role as the enabler of Digital Malaysia aspirations.”
Henry Tan said: “This strategic partnership with TM lays the foundation for Astro to be an internet service provider. Astro’s goal is to provide
Malaysians with the best digital experience and broadband value proposition.
Leveraging on the strength of TM’s wide HSBB network will enable Astro to
realise new revenue streams, scaling our broadband service with content
bundles, or standalone broadband and other product lines. This deal gives us
more flexibility to offer great value and convenience to our customers.”