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Yes 4G and KTB to provide WiFi for bus passengers

by The Star Online http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2013/03/15/Yes-4G-and-KTB-to-provide-WiFi-for-bus-passengers/
Friday March 15, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Yes 4G and Konsortium Transnasional Bhd (KTB) have partnered to provide WiFi services to passengers that travel on NICE Imperial, NICE Coaches, Plusliner and Transnasional bus lines.

“Internet connectivity is no longer just a ‘nice-to-have’. It is necessary for our growth as a nation and by establishing reliable Internet connections across the peninsula from schools to buses, the world will start paying attention to how we are changing our landscape,” YTL Communications Sdn Bhd executive director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong told a press conference here yesterday.

The new fleet of 20 to 30 buses is expected to be launched next month, with routes from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and Penang, and back.

“What we’re doing here is a good instance of entrepreneurship. The technology may be available but it takes entrepreneurs to put it out there for the people.

“With over 200 express coach companies in Malaysia, the industry is highly competitive and tightly regulated, so we are always finding ways to make our trips more enjoyable and productive,” KTB chairman and managing director Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said.

When asked about the partnership’s impact on KTB revenues this year, he acknowledged an anticipated “significant contribution to earnings”, adding that the WiFi service would be included in KTB economy bus lines in the future.

Yeoh said Yes 4G had a good model that would show the world how Malaysia had changed.

The WiFi service will be made available to passengers free of charge for up to 30 megabytes, beyond which a promotional price of RM5 will be changed.

Bernama reported that YTL Communications aimed to establish 5,000 telecommunication base stations by year-end. It quoted Yeoh as saying that the company had 4,000 telecommunication base stations covering over 70% of the population in Peninsular Malaysia, and would expand this to Sabah and Sarawak in the third quarter of this year


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