Posts filed under ‘Malaysia’
Reuters is reporting that Malaysian mobile group TM International (TMI) is planning to issue right shares this quarter in a bid to raise funds to repay debts. The company currently owes approximately MYR2 billion (USD559.5 million) to Telekom Malaysia, which is due for payment by April this year. State investment company Khazanah, which owns a 44.51% stake in TMI, is expected to participate in the book building exercise.
The first set of trial locations for Packet One’s (P1’s) Wireless@Penang have begun service, The Edge Daily reports. Following the launch Penang’s Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, announced that the service would be rolled out across additional locations over the next six months. Approximately 70% of Penang Island and Seberang Perai are expected to have WiMAX coverage within the next 18 months. P1 currently offers commercial WiMAX services in the Klang Valley and Johor Baru.
Malaysia’s leading mobile operator, Maxis Communications Berhad, and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone in the country. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature the popular “clamshell” or “flip” design. It builds on the success of the original BlackBerry Pearl series and offers phone enthusiasts a new fun and stylish choice.
Matthew Willsher, Maxis Chief Marketing Officer said, “Today, we are extremely excited to bring our customers the next level of mobile communications with the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, a great-looking phone and so much more. It has a design that people are comfortable with and will enjoy using for voice calls, multimedia applications, text and email messaging and Internet browsing. This innovative phone is the ideal choice for first time BlackBerry smartphone users, and we hope it will encourage our retail customers to enjoy the freedom of accessing their emails, communications and multimedia needs on the go.
Apple is talking to every operators in Thailand about iPhone 3G, but seems True Move will be the first to seal the deal. True Move, the country’s third largest, said in its statement, “True Move has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone 3G to Thailand in the coming months.”
Yet, no official date is revealed. Currently, Thailand has not ready yet for 3G network, as it is being tested. Thai users may use available EDGE or GPRS for data connection. True Move has 13 million subscribers, while country’s largest, AIS, has 26.8 million subscibers.
If this condition is true, Thailand will be third country in the region, after Singapore and Philippines, that officially sell the Apple phone. Previously, Singapore and Philippines were joining other countries to sell iPhone 3G starting August 22.
FYI, there are tons of pirated iPhones available in Bangkok’s MBK centre. The US-original phone is offered around 29,500 bath (US$ 842), while Hongkong-original phone–offers easier way to insert the SIM card–is sold for 35,000 baht.
So, when will Malaysia and Indonesia join the legion to sell iPhone 3G?