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Packet One Networks (P1) is a Malaysian converged telecommunications, broadband and 4G service provider. The company was founded in 2002 and is a subsidiary of Green Packet Berhad. In March 2007, P1 was one of four companies awarded 2.3 GHz spectrum licenses by the Malaysian Government to deploy 4G WiMAX services throughout Malaysia. In August 2008, P1 became the first company to launch commercial WiMAX services in Malaysia.[1]

webe digital sdn. bhd. (Formerly known as Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd)
Private
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 11 February 2002
Headquarters 159, Jalan Templer,
Packet Hub, Section 8,
46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Key people
Moharmustaqeem Mohammed (CEO)
Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli (Chairman)
Nora Junita Dato’ Seri Mohd Hussaini (CFCAO)
vacant (CHCO)
Azizi Abdul Hadi (COO)
Kelvin Lee Tsuan Chin (CSSO)
Tony Ha Min Yong (CBDO)
Shim Sang Soo (CTO)
Ti Lian Seng (CIO)
Lai Shu Wei (CMO)
Michael Parker (PMO)
Products Mobile Telephony Services
Mobile Broadband
Fixed Voice
Fiber
SIP Trunking service
Wireless Internet Leased Line
NextSMS
Number of employees
600+ (2014)
Parent Telekom Malaysia
Website www.webe.com.my

In March 2014, Telekom Malaysia (TM) Berhad bought a 57% stake in P1 for RM 350 million.[2] TM is to invest RM 1 billion in P1 over the next four years.

In April 2016, the company was officially re-branded as webe digital sdn. bhd.[3] May 2017 saw the announcement of webe's latest CEO, Moharmustaqeem Mohammed,[4] replacing Azizi A. Hadi who had just taken over from founder Puan Chan Cheong [5] nine months earlier.

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MilestonesEdit

Products and servicesEdit

LTE Mobile ServicesEdit

webemobile[14]Edit

4G LTE-based mobile service using 2300 MHz TD-LTE (Band 40) refarmed from earlier WiMAX network and 850 MHz FD-LTE (Band 5) from TMgo's spectrum.[15] Single rate plan provides unlimited data, calls and SMS for one flat monthly rate starting from RM79 per month, with additional discount for additional lines subscribed by the same user. The service limits WiFi sharing / tethering to 1GB per billing cycle, with additional tethering passes available for purchase.

Where webe's own LTE coverage is not available, users continue to use the service by roaming on Celcom's 2G/3G network.[16] This arrangement is also used to provide voice calls before the activation of Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

webebroadband[17]Edit

LTE broadband-only SIM play provides 10GB for RM59 per month. This service allows WiF sharing / tethering.

WiMAXEdit

P1 W1MAXEdit

P1 W1MAX is presently a fixed portable broadband service that runs on the 2.3 GHz WiMAX spectrum and 802.16e 2005 standard, which is known as Mobile WiMAX. It enables wireless broadband access up to 30 miles (50 km) from the base station.

P1 W1MAX offers three type of modems:

  • P1 W1MAX DS300 Shared Modem
  • P1 W1MAX DV230 Shared Modem that integrates WiMAX, 802.11 b/g WiFi and voice functionality into one device.
  • P1 W1MAX DX230 New 3-in-1 Modem that integrates WiMAX, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and voice.[18]

WIGGYEdit

P1 W1MAX's On-the-Go Portable Modem is called WIGGY [19]

P1 W1MAX offers three packages:

  • WIGGY 129 which has speeds up to 3 Mbit/s;
  • WIGGY 89 which has speeds up to 1.5 Mbit/s.
  • WIGGY 58 which has speeds up to 600 kbit/s

The WIGGY is also available in prepaid.

Initially, the WIGGY was advertised to offer speeds of up to 10Mbit/s. At the time the package was offered, it was the fastest wireless package offered in Malaysia. However this package was quickly pulled when the company received backlash after many of the subscribers found that they were unable to achieve the 10Mbit/s speed.[citation needed]

WiMAX for Embedded DevicesEdit

P1 W1MAX also offers WiMAX subscription for Intel powered Netbook and Notebooks that are WiMAX ready.

Awards and AccoladeEdit

  • Malaysia Book of Records 2008 - Malaysia’s first WiMAX Telco
  • Red Herring Asia - Winner Most Innovative Private Technology Company 2008
  • HWM EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARDS 2009 - Best WiMAX Service Provider
  • PC.COM - Top 10 Tech Brands for 2009
  • PC.COM - Best WiMAX Service 2009
  • MSC Malaysia APICTA - Winner Best of Start-Up Companies 2009
  • FROST & SULLIVAN TELECOMS AWARDS 2010 - Most Promising Service Provider of the Year
  • The Effectiveness Awards (EFFIE) 2010 - Gold winner for “Sudah Potong?” or “Cut Already?” Campaign
  • The Global Leadership Award 2011 - Winner of Internet Category
  • Golden Global Brand Award 2011 - The Best Enterprise Brand of the Year 2010
  • GoMobile Awards 2012 - Best Home Wireless Broadband

4G WiMAX NetworkEdit

P1 occasionally advertises its network as a '4G' network. However, this is primarily a marketing gimmick because at the time of writing, WiMAX does not meet the ITU's specification of 4G which requires attaining a download speed of 1Gbit/s for tabletop transceivers and 100Mbit/s for mobile transceivers. However, P1 isn't alone in this misleading marketing gimmick, two other WiMAX-based ISPs, Yes 4G and Asiaspace Dotcom AMAX, also market the technology as 4G.

The fact that the upcoming WiMAX Release 2 a.k.a. IEEE 802.16m specification does adhere to the 4G specifications and is officially recognised by the ITU as a 4G system only further adds to the confusion.

For that matter, no current LTE network meets the ITU requirements for IMT-Advanced networks. The new LTE-Advanced 3GPP rel 9 and WiMAX 2 IEEE 802.16m systems have yet to be commercially deployed. However, most WiMAX and LTE networks should be upgradable to the 'true 4G' versions, there have yet to be a WiMAX company upgrade to 'true 4G' version at this point of time. Aside from Digi Telecommunications aims to be the first to roll out LTE network by 2013.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TM succeeds in acquiring P1 stake". The Malaysian Reserve. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Green Packet aims to widen operating profit". The Star Online. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "P1 officially rebranded as Webe - Tech News | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  4. ^ "TM appoints new webe CEO | SoyaCincau.com". Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Azizi A. Hadi appointed webe CEO, CC Puan now a non-executive director". Digital News Asia. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Alcatel-Lucent gains P1 WiMAX deal". wimaxday.net. Retrieved 29 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "WiMAX Global Providers". intel.com. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Malaysia’s First WiMAX License Holder, Packet One Networks, Enhances WiMAX Launch Readiness". oracle.com. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "P1 Awards USD28m WiMAX Contract To ZTE" (PDF). p1.com. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  10. ^ http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/6/30/business/6575149&sec=business
  11. ^ http://www.lte-tdd.org/newsdetail/241
  12. ^ http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/highlights/188898-green-packet-upbeat-on-china-mobile-partnership.html
  13. ^ http://www.telecoms.com/34957/p1-signs-high-speed-broadband-deal-with-telekom-malaysia/
  14. ^ "webe | Family fun for as low as RM49". www.webe.com.my. Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  15. ^ "webe is focused on building a high capacity network in 2017 | SoyaCincau.com". Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  16. ^ "TM aims to boost Webe subscriber base by fourfold". www.thesundaily.my. Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  17. ^ "webe | broadband". www.webe.com.my. Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  18. ^ http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/8/6/business/20100806160550&sec=business
  19. ^ "WiMAX on the go". thestar.com.my. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 

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