Cheapest Home Broadband Plans - Comparison of Malaysia's providers

Astro IPTV, Time, TM Unifi, Maxis and more! All the home broadband plans in Malaysia reviewed below!

Home Broadband 101 - ADSL vs Fibre to the Home (FTTH)

There are actually many ways in which you can experience the internet at home these days. In the past it used to be via dial-up, where you make a 'phone call' from your computer to the internet provider and after the dial-up modem making some noise it gives you access to the internet.

Broadband, other than being faster than dial-up offers a couple of other key benefits. It's always connected, so you don't need to wait for the internet provider to 'answer your call', and it allows you to make and receive phone calls on the same line while it's being used.

The old style ADSL broadband (most people's experience of it is through TM's Streamyx service) is normally delivered to your home via the standard copper phone line so you normally don't have to do any extra drilling or installing, while fibre to the home (FTTH) requires some extra work as its typically delivered through a different line which needs to be installed.

Normally you'll get a broadband modem and/or router, which allows your computer to use the signal, of course, all this equipment costs the service provider money, so most will lock you into a minimum 12-month contract (for FTTH 24-month contracts are the norm!) to recoup costs.

So there was first dial-up in the 90s, then ADSL broadband from Streamyx/Jaring/Maxis in the 2000s. Since introduced to the mass market by TM in 2010, Fibre-to-the-Home was touted to be the next generation in getting internet into Malaysian's homes (and offices), with unlimited bandwidth and the cost to have this service almost as comparable as the conventional ADSL broadband.

Basically, FTTH is supposed to be faster, more reliable and not necessarily that much more expensive than ADSL broadband. 

Sounds like digital dream but we’re not sold until it is available to every home in Malaysia. As of 2014, FTTH is currently being rolled out in stages across the country, with a handful of providers offering plans to the public.

Before we dissect the plans offered by the broadband players to find out which is the cheapest plan you can get, it is worth to note that they will be grouped into FTTH and non-FTTH (ADSL and mobile broadband but what's stopping you from using it at home). We know the agony of living outside FTTH coverage areas, hence the non-FTTH category to fulfill your Internet needs for now.

Only providers with coverage of at least the Klang Valley and 10 major cities in Malaysia  are eligible for this showdown. This means guys like Jaring, VDT and Giga are left out. We will look at the plans in a 24-month context and show you how much money you can actually save by choosing the right plan.

Road warriors and those who don’t need WiFi at home, you’re not #foreveralone. We have a Cheapest Mobile Broadband section especially for you!

Cheapest Fibre To The Home Broadband (the 'faster' type)

Astro - Time: B.yond IPTV Broadband TF3 3Mbps RM128/month
Drawbacks: good only for those who need Astro, not available in many areas yet, check availability in your area

Monthly Fee: RM 128/month (RM 103/month - bundled with Astro Super Pack)
Bundled Monthly Fee: RM236/month
Contract Period: 24 months
Speed: 3Mbps
Download Quota: Unlimited
Upfront Costs: RM300 activation fee will be waived for customers on auto-debit or who are billed 6 or 12 months in advance (only applicable for standard service installation)
Free Equipment: Astro decoder with HD + PVR capable of recording up to 300 hours and Fibre WiFi Modem & Wi-Fi router
Total Cost over 24-months: RM3,072
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If you are already an Astro subscriber or you are planning on subscribing to Astro and home broadband, this is a plan you must check out! In collaboration with TIME, Astro B.yond IPTV Broadband TF3 comes in cheapest plan for those who like to subscribe Astro.
It offers 3Mbps and Astro Superpack channels with free a Astro decoder with HD + PVR capable of recording up to 300 hours and Fibre WiFi Modem & Wi-Fi router. The prices of the Astro Super Packs range from RM133 to RM155 and additional RM 25 discount is applicable when bundled with Astro Super Packs. For ease of calculation, we make the assumption that you choose Super Pack 1, 2 or 4 which cost RM133 per month. As such, the monthly fee you need to pay is RM236 (RM103 for home broadband + RM133 for the Astro Super Pack).
Unfortunately, you cannot subscribe for the home broadband only without the Astro package. For those who only want to get home broadband from TIME, TIME also offers other standalone packages like the TIME Fibre 100Mbps Home Broadband, TIME Broadband 2M and etc.

 

Time Fibre Unlimited Home Broadband 8Mbps RM129/month
Drawbacks: not available in many areas yet, check availability in your area

Monthly Fee: RM129
Contract Period: 24 months
Speed: 8Mbps
Download Quota: Unlimited
Upfront Costs: Stamp duty RM10
Free Equipment: TIME Voice Home Basic with DECT phone included, RM300 worth of CISCO Home WiFi router
Total Cost over 24-months: RM3, 096
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If you feel that you don't want subscribe plan that come with Astro, this is the plan that might suit you. TIME slays the competitions if you need speeds less than 10Mbps with its Fibre Unlimited Home Broadband 8Mbps. You can get 8Mbps at RM129 per month and the only upfront cost is the RM10 stamp duty for 24-months contract.
TIME also offer 12-months contract for Fibre Unlimited Home Broadband 10Mbps. If you prefer 12-months contract, you need to pay RM249 installation fee and RM10 stamp duty. So, the total upfront cost you need to pay is RM259.
You can get free Boost to 50Mbps for 30 hours a month, TIME Voice Home Basic with DECT phone included, Free and 2000 minutes call when you sign up for TIME. TIME is still new to the market, so don't get too excited, your area may not available for TIME. You can check the availability here, before you sign up for the plan.

 

Astro - Time: B.yond IPTV Broadband TF6 6Mbps RM148/month
Drawbacks: good only for those who need Astro, not available in many areas yet, check availability in your area

Monthly Fee: RM148/month
Bundled Monthly Fee: RM256/month
Contract Period: 24 months
Speed: 6Mbps
Download Quota: Unlimited
Upfront Costs: RM300 activation fee will be waived for customers on auto-debit or who are billed 6 or 12 months in advance (only applicable for standard service installation)
Free Equipment: Astro decoder with HD + PVR capable of recording up to 300 hours and Fibre WiFi Modem & Wi-Fi router
Total Cost over 24-months: RM3,552
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If you are already an Astro subscriber or you plan to subscribe to Astro and home broadband, or if you feel that the speed of Astro B.yond IPTV Broadband TF3 is not fast enough, then you may be interested in this plan. In collaboration with TIME, Astro B.yond IPTV Broadband TF6 comes in as one of the cheaper plans for those who are subscribed to Astro.
This package offers 6Mbps and Astro Super Pack Channels along with a free Astro decoder with HD + PVR capable of recording up to 300 hours and a Fibre WiFi Modem & Wi-Fi router. The prices of the Astro Super Packs range from RM133 to RM155. We make assumption that you choose Super Pack 1, 2 or 4, which cost RM133 per month. As such, the monthly fee you need to pay is RM256 (RM123 for home broadband + RM133 for the Super Pack).
Another great feature about this plan is the fact that you can get a free boost to 30Mbps for 30 hours per month. Unfortunately, you cannot subscribe for the home broadband only without the Astro package. For those who only want to get home broadband from TIME, TIME also offers other standalone packages such as the TIME Fibre 100Mbps Home Broadband, TIME Broadband 2M and etc.

 

Maxis Home Fibre Internet Fast - 10Mbps RM148/month
Drawbacks: not available in many areas yet, check availability in your area!

Monthly Fee: RM148/month
Contract Period: 24 months
Speed: 10Mbps
Download Quota: Unlimited
Upfront Costs: RM200 waived for standard installation,RM75 phone service deposit waived
Free: Free WiFi Modem worth RM499, RM30 worth of Home Voice credit
Total Cost over 24-months: RM3,552
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Maxis have a good offer now, before that you need to pay RM168/month for Home Fibre Internet Faster plan, but now you can enjoy the plan at RM148/month only. This price is not only for Maxis existing customer, this mean that you can get the plan RM148/month even you are not existing Maxis customer.
The installation fee of RM200 is still waived, however additional charges will be incurred should you require a non-standard installation. The RM 75 phone service deposit is also waived until further notice. For non-Malaysian residents, an RM 500 fee is applicable.
Maxis is still quite new to the FTTH (HSBB) market, so do check if your home is hooked up and ready for it first! Check your Fibre availability here. Warning: RM500 termination fee will be charged if you terminate within the contract period.

 

TM UniFi VIP 5 - 5Mbps RM149/month
Drawbacks: mediocre speed; most expensive

Monthly Fee: RM149/month
Contract Period: 24 months
Speed: 5Mbps
Download Quota: Unlimited
Upfront Costs: None
Free: Free Broadband Termination Unit (Modem), WiFi Residential Gateway (RG), Cordless Phone, HyppTV Set-Top Box
Total Cost over 24-months: RM3,576
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TM has the widest coverage area among all, so it may be your only option for many. So what does UniFi VIP 5 offer? You get 5Mbps with unlimited quota (until further notice) for RM149/month. The package comes along with a full set of TM Home Internet equipment and HyppTV Channels.
There are no installation fees for now as the installation fee (RM200) and relocation fee (RM300) are waived until further notice. Warning: termination within contract period will be charged RM500!

 

Quick Comparison of FTTH Providers' entry level offerings:

ProviderPlan NameSpeed (Mbps)Quota (GB)Monthly Fee(RM)Total Cost over 24 months
AstroTime: B.yond IPTV Broadband TF33UnlimitedRM103RM2472
TIMETime Fibre Unlimited Home broadband 8Mbps8UnlimitedRM129RM3,106
MaxisHome Fibre Internet Fast10UnlimitedRM148RM3,552
AstroTime: B.yond IPTV Broadband TF66UnlimitedRM148*RM3,552
TMUniFi VIP 55UnlimitedRM149RM3,576

*existing Astro Super Pack subscribers enjoy a RM25/month discount and thus effectively pay RM103 for TF3 and RM123 for their TF6 package. Non Astro subscribers will have to subscribe for Astro TV (additional RM75-RM130) in addition to the broadband monthly fee.

Cheapest FTTH (above 20Mbps)

TIME Fibre 100Mbps Home High Speed Broadband - a blazing 100Mbps for RM179 / month - Cheaper than many 20Mbps options (but can you really tell the difference at those speeds?)
Drawback: there is a quota of 100GB (why!?), which is a lot but can be used up fairly quickly with speeds of up to 100Mbps! 

Monthly Fee: RM179 / month
Contract Period: 24 months (pay remaining fee on termination)
Speed: 100Mbps
Download Quota: 100GB
Upfront Costs: RM249 installation waived for now, RM10 stamp duty
Free Equipment: Optical Network Unit (works as the modem), RM300 worth of Cisco WiFi router, Time Voice Home Basic with Dect Phone
Total Cost over 24-months: RM4, 296
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If having a speed of 100Mbps wasn't enough to tempt those speed junkies out there, maybe the RM179 / month price will. At those prices, TIME Fibre Home Broadband comes up cheapest for broadband plans in Malaysia above 10Mbps, slaying TM's Unifi, Astro's own Time-provided IPTV broadband, and guys like Maxis and P1.
The real downer here is that there is a data quota (!) of 100GB, while that certainly is enough for more people, for serious HD movie lovers, online gamers and downloaders that quota can be very easily chewed up, especially with the supposed 100Mbps speed. For more on Speed and Quota, read our Broadband Speed vs Quota article.
The other point of contention is that the service is not yet available to landed properties (supposedly coming within the next 12 months), so the service is stuck to businesses and high rise buildings for now.

Maxis Home Fibre Internet - 20Mbps at RM198/month
Drawbacks: not available in many areas yet, check availability in your area!

Monthly Fee: RM198/month
Contract Period: 24 months
Speed: 20Mbps
Download Quota: Unlimited
Upfront Costs: RM200 waived for standard installation, RM75 phone service deposit waived
Free: Free WiFi Modem worth RM499, RM30 worth of Home Voice credit
Total Cost over 24-months: RM4,752
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Maxis have a good offer now, previously you needed to pay RM238/month for their 20Mpbs Home Fibre Internet package, but now you can enjoy the plan at just RM198/month. This price is not only for Maxis existing customers, meaning that you can get the plan even if you are not an existing Maxis customer.
The installation fee of RM200 is still waived, however additional charges will be incurred should you require a non-standard installation. The RM 75 phone service deposit is also waived until further notice. For non-Malaysian residents, an RM 500 fee is applicable.
Maxis is still quite new to the FTTH (HSBB) market, so do check if your home is hooked up and ready for it first! Check your Fibre availability here. Warning: RM500 termination fee will be charged if you terminate within the contract period.

Cheapest Non-FTTH (ADSL and Mobile-but-use-at-home Broadband)

For people not yet in Fibre-ready areas, non-FTTH provides a cost effective solution sometimes without having to sacrifice on speed! However, in many cases unlimited downloads are out of the window. As before, only providers with coverage of at least the Klang Valley and 10 major cities in Malaysia  are eligible for this showdown. This means guys like Maxis Home Wired and Jaring are left out.

Speeds advertised by the products are not necessarily the same everywhere. It is important to know that the main thing to consider is not so much the max speed but rather, the speed you can expect to get from your area. We lay our plans out according to lowest price because we feel it is the most consistent way for comparison.

 

TIME Broadband 2M - 2Mbps RM119/month
Drawbacks: not available in many areas yet, check availability in your area,for the price of RM119 the speed is 2Mbps only

Monthly Fee: RM119/month
Contract Period: 24 months
Speed: 2Mbps
Download Quota: Unlimited
Upfront Costs: RM119 (one month fee, refundable), RM150 Activation fee (12 months contract) and RM10 Stamp Duty
Free Equipment: Modem, Additional 2Mbps @ 4 hours per day
Total Cost over 24-months: RM2,866
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If Fibre is not ready for your area, then we guess you are looking for the best ADSL plan in the market. The availability of TIME Broadband is limited also so you still need to check for the availability for your area. TIME Broadband 2M is the cheapest plan in this category and the download quota for this plan is unlimited. But, you can't expect too much for the speed of this plan, because it's only 2Mbps.
TIME also offer 12-months contract for TIME Broadband 2M. If you prefer 12-months contract, you need to pay RM150 installation fee, one month advance fee of RM119 (refundable) and RM10 stamp duty. So, the total upfront cost you need to pay is RM279.
If you really feel that 2Mbps is too slow, you can actually get free boost from TIME. How it works? You can get additional 2Mbps for 4 hours per day. Besides that, you can get free modem if you sign up for TIME Broadband 2M.

 

TM BB Deal 1Mbps - RM110/month
Drawbacks: for the price of RM110 the speed is 1Mbps only

Monthly Fee: RM110/month
Contract Period: 12 months
Speed: 1Mbps
Download Quota: Unlimited
Upfront Costs: Waived
Free Equipment: Free Cordless Phone, WiFi modem and Free calls to TM fixed line nationwide
Total Cost over 12-months: RM1,320
Total Cost over 24-months: RM 2, 640
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If your area is not available for TIME Broadband, then TM BB Deal 1Mbps may be right plan for you if you are looking for ADSL plan in the market. TM wins by having the widest coverage but the monthly fee for 1Mbps is RM110.
This plan comes with free call to other TM lines, so it would only be cheaper for heavy home phone users. But, the good side is you can get unlimited download quota in this plan. Besides that, you will get free cordless phone and WiFi modem with the contract.
Now, you can get free one month subscription for online registration. You can also get RM2 per month for auto-pay subscription. Thus, if you subscribe for auto-pay then you need to pay RM108 month.

 

ToGo 69 Triple Quota - 1Mbps RM69/month
Drawbacks: the speed is 1Mbps only, download quota is 15GB only

Monthly Fee: RM69/month
Contract Period: 24 months
Speed: 1Mbps
Download Quota: 15GB (5GB + 10GB)
Upfront Costs: RM150 (activation + registration fees)
Free Equipment: Free UH235 modem
Total Cost over 24-months: RM1, 656
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* This promotion is offered until further notice.
If you are looking for Mobile/ WiMax, ToGo 69 Triple Quota is the cheapest plan which gives you quota of 15GB/month in this category. It's actually an outdoor use plan, but there is nothing stopping you from keeping it at home and using it as your home broadband service!
The download quota is 15GB and the speed will be reduced once quota exceeded. If you sign up online you can get RM50 rebate. Modem is on free rental basis and warranty is provided throughout service.
ToGo 69 Triple Quota is only available for 24 months contract. Early termination processing fee is RM200 and additional of RM100 applies if contract is terminated within 12 months. The upfront cost is RM150 for activation fee (RM100) and registration fee (RM50 = RM10 x 5 months). For non-Malaysian residents, an RM100 upfront fee is applicable.

 

Celcom PortaWiFi + First Data Pro - 21Mbps RM138/month
Drawback: download quota is 10GB only

Monthly Fee: RM138/month
Contract Period: 12 months
Speed: up to 21Mbps
Download Quota: 10GB
Upfront Costs: RM50 (refundable = RM5 x 10 months) + RM 100 registration fee
Free Equipment: Free PortaWiFi Modems (including in-car charger + tri-pin charger)
Total Cost over 12-months: RM1, 656
Total Cost over 24-months: RM 3, 312

 

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The special part of Celcom Porta WiFi + First Data Pro is you can WiFi your car with this plan. The speed you can get from this plan is up to 21Mbps (be prepared to get less than 21Mbps). Although the speed is quite high, but the data volume you can get it's 10GB only.
Besides RM50 registration fee which is refundable, you need to pay RM100 for postpaid registration fee. If you have credit card, you can sign up for auto billing and enjoy 5% discount on every monthly bill. You can also get RM10 special rebate per month for 12 months when you sign up Celcom Porta WiFi + First Data Pro postpaid. Warning: RM200 penalty will be imposed in the event of early termination.

 

Quick Comparison of Cheapest Non-FTTH (ADSL and Mobile-but-use-at-home Broadband):

ProviderPlan NameSpeed (Mbps)Quota (GB)Monthly Fee (RM)Total cost over Comparison Period (RM)
TIMETIME Broadband 2M2 UnlimitedRM119.00RM2,866.00
TMBB Deal 1Mbps1UnlimitedRM110.00RM2,640.00
P1ToGo 69105RM69.00RM3,295.00
CelcomPortaWiFi + First Data Pro2110RM138.00RM1,756.00
YesSuper 48202RM48.00RM1,152.00
MaxisMaxis Home Light User7.23RM49.00RM618.00
P1ForHome 7919RM79.00RM2,046.00
JaringFlite Wired Basic Promo1UnlimitedRM69.00RM1,656.00

 

Heavy Users, Light Users, and Everyone Else in Between

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Cooling-off Period (COP)

It is important to know whether is there any before you sign anything. COP is a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the performance within 7 days. Otherwise you’d be slapped with penalty/termination fee!

So far, none of the FTTH plans has a COP. As for non-FTTH, only P1, Celcom and U Mobile allow COP.

The COP allows you to test the service, network quality and coverage over 7 days to find out if the speeds and signal strengths are up to your requirements in your locality.

We do not vouch for any provider’s customer service as we just look for the cheapest deal out there for you to Save Money but do check out our forum to see what other people are saying or to leave your own comment.

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