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WIFI in Malaysia --- and Another Exhibition

For 2 days I'm exhibiting ePLATO in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The complex the conference cum exhibition is located also features a resort hotel, a night life spot and a huge shopping centre. Starbucks Grande Latte goes at USD 2.50 vs. USD 3.05 in Singapore. Our booth is not very spectacular, however on the first day we collected a number of excellent leads. It seems our regional focus and the mix of product and services looks attractive to our clients.
I can't comment on our hotel, since I don't care for hotels very much. My colleagues are pleased with location, rooms and service. Internet per day goes at 6.60 USD. I can use my room TV, my laptop through a 100MBit connection (local) or via WiFi at the convention centre.
Being curious about WIFI offerings I went and checked out the local providers: The bad news: WIFI for roaming users (read: using IPASS) is 6.5Cent a minute. The good news: if you have a colleague with a MAXIS phone subscription (s)he can send a SMS and get access for a whole day at 1.32 USD. This is quite reasonable. Gaining access for a week goes at 5.27 USD, a month sets you back 10.00 USD and a (prepaid) full year is 96.85 USD. This translates yo just 27cent a day. For this money I not even get 5 minutes access in Singapore. With a pricing like this WIFI usage is fun. An in deed every second table at Starbucks had a laptop on it.

Posted by on 26 July 2004 | Comments (2) | categories: Software


  1. posted by Ramana Thirumoorthy on Friday 30 July 2004 AD:
    Aha..you went to Malaysia, my home country. So how did you like it? Did you have much time to explore the city or read the papers? It's quite weird, you can find all the hotspots in the WHOLE of Malaysia at www.tm.net.my..... Hope you had fun
  2. posted by Stephan H. Wissel on Saturday 31 July 2004 AD:
    Hi Ramana,
    welcome to my weblog reader group. I checked out tm.net.my. They did list their national network of WIFI spots, but not the other spots like Maxis and their other competitors. Maxis got the pricing right, now they need to work on reasonalble national and international roaming.
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