After KL, Penang is next to get WiMax service rolled out with a new state project, WiMax@Penang kicking off its first phase in October 2008.
WiMax@Penang is part of the 2 key components in the overall implementation of Wireless@Penang which aims to equip the Penangites with easy access to wireless internet in 3 years time.
Another component, Penang Free WiFi – the bigger part of Wireless@Penang initiative – was launched last week. This free connectivity will be made available in major public places, commercial areas, campuses and housing estate.
With target completion of 3 years, Penang Free WiFi will be able to cover up to 75% of major areas in Penang, both in island and in the mainland.
Packet One (Malaysia), a subsidiary of Green Packet Berhad and the one responsible to introduce the country’s first commercial WiMax in KL last month, is once again at the helm of the project. The company, which is the first WiMax licensee to make a move, will be investing an initial capital of RM30 million.
In a way, WiMax@Penang is expected to complement the free WiFi service, paving its way to areas which are not easily accessed by people residing in Penang. A few different subscriptions will be made available, at prices ranging from about RM60 to a few hundred ringgits. Once completed, Penang will be among the earliest cities in the world, together with KL to have WiMax service running as one of their main broadband speed, wireless internet platforms.