Property developers urged to work with telcos for built-in Internet access

The govt will be making Internet connectivity as one of the conditions for Planning Permission for any housing project


PROPERTY developers are asked to have more working relationship with telecommunication companies (telcos) in providing Internet services to home buyers.

Communications and Multimedia Ministry (K-KOMM) secretary general Datuk Sri Mohammad Mentek (picture, centre) made the call after witnessing the signing ceremony between Tanjung Ratna Sdn Bhd (TRSB) and Maxis Bhd at Putrajaya yesterday.

“Such partnership is a good initiative — I understand that TRSB is the first developer in Malaysia to provide broadband to home buyers. Currently, Internet access is the third utility for every home.  The government has agreed to set Internet connectivity as one of the conditions for the approval of Planning Permission before a housing project starts.

“As such, I encourage more developers to work with telcos to help improve connectivity in Malaysia,” he said to the media after the signing ceremony.

TRSB has inked an understanding with Maxis to lay a dedicated Internet line of 1.5Gbps connecting directly to Admiral Residences project in Kota Laksamana, Melaka.

With a gross development value of RM530 million, Admiral Residence offers over 40 modern facilities and services. Through the collaboration with Maxis, tenants will be provided with free Maxis’ dedicated 1.5Gbps Internet line for up to five years once they move in.

In addition, the luxury and affordable residential condominium will also be equipped with solar panels on all four blocks of its rooftops which will reduces electricity consumption of approximately RM400,000/year — concurrently lowering the monthly maintenance charges of Admiral owners.

TRSB’s COO Allan Chee said the free usage of a dedicated 1. 5Gbps Maxis Internet line for five years is a value-added service to home buyers.

“Admiral is set to be the first condo in the nation to offer such value-added services to home buyers. Our initiative is also in line with K-KOMM’s objective of providing Malaysians with comprehensive and inclusive communication infrastructure, as well as driving the digital economy and ICT towards the developed nation,” he said during the press conference.

On Admiral’s sales target, he said, “Currently we have achieved 90% sale of the unit and by year end we are expecting 100% sellout. For our future project, we will also include fibre optic connectivity.”

Phase 1 of the condo which consist of Block A and B is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022, while Phase 2 of the project is slated for March to April next year.

TRSB has previously partnered up with Korean lift manufacturer, Hyundai Elevator, to provide “drive regenerative lifts with automatic modes” to be more energy efficient and friendly for senior citizens and disabled tenants.