CYBERJAYA, April 17 (Bernama) -- Companies providing internet services are urged to compete in a healthy manner to offer internet subscription packages that are affordable to the people in this country.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said currently the internet packages offered still did not meet the requirements and capability of the people with various backgrounds.
"Today, consumers could subscribe for high-speed internet services at prices beginning from RM128 for 10Mbps, besides those offering plans of up to 100Mbps at the price of RM179.
"This has yet to meet the aspiration of the people who want a more affordable package in the open market, competition is the basis for providing services that are affordable," he said in his speech when officially launching the open internet network, iFiber, here today.
Thus, he hoped the iFiber launched today would improve competitiveness among internet service providers, thus reducing price and producing internet subscription plans that fulfilled the needs of the people.
iFiber is a system of open internet network operators that enabled users to subscribe the internet services on-line directly at any time and could change the package according to their needs within a few seconds.
Meanwhile, Salleh wanted small and medium entrepreneurs (SME) and developing companies to master the digital era technology to empower their businesses.
"The business world has changed due to the digital era. Many are making purchases using the digital technology at night, on weekends and during the sale and festive seasons.
"By mastering e-dagang, women entrepreneurs, youths and the general public are no longer left out and, in fact, could compete on a level playing field," he added.