Since Pakatan Harapan took seat as the new government of Malaysia, the new Communication and Multimedia Minister, Gobind Singh Deo, urged all Internet Service Providers (ISP) to reduce the price of their broadband plans.
Looks like his words took effect, but rather than reducing the price, ISPs are offering up to ten times speed improvements for the same price. Some ISPs have even introduced cheap new packages for the lower income bracket.
|Users subscribed to the local ISP, Unifi, are getting speed upgrades of up to 800Mbps.|
Due to these improvements, it has propelled Malaysia to the 26th rank in the Speedtest Global Index, 10 places up since the previous index in September 2018.
|Speedtest Global Index for Malaysia|
The Speedtest Global Index compiles the average broadband speeds of a country every month. The data collected are from users that use the Speedtest website to test their home broadband speeds. Perhaps this visual representation will aid you in understanding the monumental improvement the country has gone through:
However, when it comes to mobile broadband speeds, Malaysia is not looking so good as they are now in the 76th position with mobile download and upload speeds of 18.41Mbps and 9.25Mbps respectively. They are above the global average for mobile upload speeds but below the global average for download speeds, which is at 23.80Mbps.
|Top 10 countries with the fastest download speeds|
Nevertheless, it is a first step in improving the country's access to the world wide web. However, we can't help but to compare it to Singapore who has an average internet download speed of 181.47Mbps and they have been holding on to the first place spot since 2017. Let's hope that in due time, the country will work on improving their mobile broadband speeds to match the improvement of their home broadband speeds.