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How Fast is Unifi VIP10?

Having verified with the representative on the phone, I managed to clear my first issue with Unifi: mobility. Apparently, if I have to move to a different place that doesn’t have Unifi coverage before the contractual period ends, they would provide the highest level Streamyx instead. Which is less than Unifi but better than nothing.

But anyway, Unifi rocks! These TM guys simply activated the port at the central switch board on the ground floor and I instantly got the connectivity. It’s blazing fast!

9.74 Mbps?! Greaatt! The upload rate is even faster. (Normally the upload speed is about half of download). Good job, TM!

The 1Mbps Streamyx could probably score 0.9 at best.

Malaysia still has plenty of rooms for improvement in broadband services, but this is a good start.


P1 and Streamyx slugfest


It’s interesting to observe thatP1 WiMAX is trying to chip away at the big band of internet users from TMNet’s Streamyx installed-base. The key word used in variety of ads is “potong” or cut. Basically: cut the telephone line together with the Streamyx connection.

What’s probably not that obvious is that the PacketOne team is also taking a swipe at the:

MYR26.00 that you pay TM regardless whether or not you actually use the phone line. Many folks are running around with mobile phone now, either with prepaid or postpaid.


TMNet is responding with such agonizing picture of getting the coverage of wireless versus hard-wire above. And with ads that mentioned something like “potong apa? potong kepala lu la…” (roughly translated to: cut what? cut your own head lahh) – which is sort of a reference to P1’s “cekik-darah” or bloodsucking package price.

TMNet’s got a point. They seem to claim to offer the most bang for the buck. (Do they actually?) P1 needs to wrestle these 2 barriers:

  1. Infrastructure. (Streamyx users simply spring up from those who already use telephone lines)
  2. Monthly price.

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