[email protected] Open Access Networks Selected For Penang Fibre Forward Initiative

Kuala Lumpur – 2nd October 2015: [email protected] City Networks Sdn Bhd, a member of the OMESTI Group, has been selected by Penang State Government as one of the partners in the Penang Fibre Forward Plan, a ground-breaking initiative designed to provide state-of-the-art communications infrastructure and freedom of choice for users. [email protected]’s innovative open access network concept has already been adopted by the leading developers across the country and will now form a key component of the fibre infrastructure for the island state.

The partnership initiative, which includes a number of telco service providers, was confirmed at a signing ceremony witnessed by Penang Chief Minister YB Lim Guan Eng along with several other dignitaries and industry leaders. [email protected] has also been appointed as a representative on the Local Council for State Telecommunications, established by Penang State Government, where it will advise on high speed broadband and telecommunications infrastructure planning.

[email protected] Co-Founder & CEO Shaharin Saman said, “We are delighted to have been appointed as one of the official infrastructure providers in Penang’s Fibre Forward Plan. Our open access network concept dovetails well with the Penang “One Dig” policy where multiple service providers utilise shared ultra-fast fibre infra to offer their services across several categories.This flexibility adds value to a community and gives the customer much greater freedom of choice.”

The [email protected] Open Access Infrastructure network is a true open access network that segregates ownership of the infrastructure from service platforms. As a result, multiple service providers can cost effectively distribute their services over a shared infrastructure.  With this type of network, each connection is capable of handling several concurrent TV channels, HD telephony streams, and internet connections – plus additional services such as cloud storage, gaming, software on demand and video conferencing – all at the same time and without loss of quality.

All users – whether residential or business – have access to ultra-high speed broadband of up to 1,000 Mbps, delivered over an all-IP, open access infrastructure, while subscribers have the ability to decide which services they want – at their preferred price point – on the spot via an online service portal

[email protected] is currently implementing a series of contracts for fibre-connected home installation based on its open network access infrastructure concept for property developers around the country. Among its clients are Malaysia’s top ten developers including SP Setia Berhad, Mah Sing Group, Sunway Property, UMLand, Tropicana Properties, Emkay Group and BCB Berhad. 

“Malaysia’s leading developers are rapidly embracing the Open Access Infrastructure concept as they recognise the value it brings to their projects,” notes Shaharin. Among the major developments currently in progress is the Setia EcoGlades community in Cyberjaya where [email protected] is installing Gigabit Fibre infrastructure with speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps throughout the neighbourhood.

The open access network is already live at seven sites around the country in Kuala Lumpur/Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Johor Bahru, providing immediate access for 5,000 homes.  A further 10,000 homes across the country will be connected to the open access network community by the year end. A range of internet, phone, TV and entertainment packages from multiple providers is currently available via the dedicated online portal. Additional packages for security services and gaming are being incorporated in the near future.

The open access network infrastructure can also be made available to brownfield community developments adds Shaharin. “Existing communities can also benefit from this open access network infrastructure. Once the high speed broadband infrastructure is in place, we set up a metro network to provide coverage to other communities in the area.”