Friday, November 13, 2009

DiGi to spend RM400m to beef up 3G services

The mobile operator aims to cover more than 70 per cent of Malaysia's population by 2013.
MOBILE operator DiGi.Com Bhd (6947) will spend up to RM400 million a year over the next three years to beef up its third generation (3G) networks, as it aims to cover more than 70 per cent of Malaysia's population by 2013.

Currently, its 3G network is available in most parts of Klang Valley, Penang and Kota Kinabalu. By end of next year, it will expand to Ipoh, Johor Baru and Kuching.

"We are aiming to achieve over 50 per cent by the end of next year," said chief executive officer Johan Dennelind in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, yesterday.

The company, which launched its mobile broadband services in the first quarter this year, has also launched its full-suite of 3G offering, allowing customers to surf and make video calls from their mobile phones. Previously, it only offered wireless broadband packages for laptop computer owners.
It also unveiled its new WiFi services, which allows users to go online at its selected hotspots.

The launch has also somewhat put DiGi on an equal level of playing field with its peers as for many years, the firm was handicapped without a 3G licence.

"We now have complete Internet solutions for our customers, on PCs, laptops, mobile phones, smart phones and even WiFi services," said Dennelind.

DiGi users, prepaid and postpaid, can now surf the Internet on their mobile phones, whenever and wherever. For prepaid users, they can surf for not more than RM5 a day. For postpaid users, they can have unlimited surfing and downloads for RM58 a month.

During the launch, the company also slashed the prices of its mobile broadband modems BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve, HP Mini Netbook and Nokia N97 Mini to a jaw-dropping price.

From November 12-15 at 1Utama, DiGi users can buy a BlackBerry Bold 9000 for RM299, a BlackBerry Curve for RM99 or a N97 Mini for RM499, as long as they sign up to a unlimited data plan of RM58 a month over a 12 month period.


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