Malaysia: Home of The Internets Through Your Powerlines

In News on April 5, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Information Overload!

Sometimes I’m just oblivious to some awesome things happening in my own backyard. As reported by Computerworld last week, Malaysia’s broadband penetration rate could skyrocket after the announcement that local company Velchip signed on to three partnership agreements to facilitate the world’s biggest Broadband over Powerline project.

Not sure whether we’ll beat Sweden’s 40GB/s world record, but it sure beats Jaring’s dial-up service. Hell, it sure will beat my current crappy Maxis Broadband service that keeps dropping out constantly.

From Computerworld:

Broadband over Powerline (BPL) provider Velchip Sdn Bhd has formalised three major partnerships to advance the world’s biggest BPL project that was announced earlier this month.

Representatives of Velchip’s holding company, Masers International– Rahman and company president Wan Sarkawi Tuanku Jaapar Al-Yahya — signed three main agreements in Kuala Lumpur, to be later witnessed by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Ahmad Badawi.

Badawi was reported to applaud the Malaysian company’s efforts to enhance economic growth and Internet literacy in developing countries as well as improve bilateral ties between Malaysia and Indonesia.

“This project will offer 60 million users unlimited high speed Internet connection of 224Mbps (megabits per second) at a cost of only around RM5 (US$1.58) per user per month, which is the fastest and cheapest in the world,” he said.

BPL modems use existing electrical power lines to deliver high speed Internet access and data transmission.


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