JOHOR BAHRU – Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) will extend its Unifi broadband service coverage to three exchange areas of Batu Pahat, Taman Perling and Ulu Tiram in Johor by the third quarter of the year.
“With the addition of three new locations, we expect the number of Unifi users to increase in the state,” Telekom Malaysia Johor Vice President Azhar Omar told reporters after launching ‘SME BizFest 2015’ at the Persada International Convention Centre here today.
At last year’s event, TM announced 10 exchanges areas for Unifi service which included Skudai, Johor, Gelang Patah, Senai, Permas, Kulaijaya and Pasir Gudang.
The currently Unifi utilisation rate in the state stood at 47 per cent with 800,000 Unifi users of which 130,000 were industries.
Meanwhile, TM Consumer and SME Executive Vice President Imri Mokhtar said small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were encouraged to have online presence to meet the needs of consumers who were increasingly focused on electronic commerce.
“We believe the digital lifestyle is our direction. The faster the SMEs in Malaysia integrate information technology and communication into their business model, the faster they will be able to innovate and dominate the market,” he said.
According to SME Corp statistics, only nine per cent of the SMEs have online presence and the number was expected to double in the next five years.
“This is based on the affordable investment cost for information technology and communication integration and increased awareness among SMEs.
“Most importantly, are they bold enough and prepared to take on the challenge?,” asked Imri.
The annual SME BizFest will be held at Hotel Equatorial Penang on May 19 and the Magellan Sutera Resort, Kota Kinabalu on June 16. – BERNAMA