Digi to invest RM900m for capex

NST, March 6, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Digi Telecommunication Sdn Bhd is committed to invest up to RM900 million in capital expenditure this year to further strengthen its network position, says chief operating officer Albern Murthy.

He said the investment would be on increasing the High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and 3G to 86 per cent of the population coverage, growing the Long Term Evolution (LTE) footprint to 1,500 sites and expanding the fibre network.

Murthy said Digi would also focus on delivering relevant and affordable device and service offerings to drive Internet uptake beginning with the two new plans introduced today -- the Digi Smart Plan and the Best Weekly prepaid packages.

Speaking to reporters after the launch of the new plans, Murthy said, the company had invested about RM1.6 billion, in the past two years in capital expenditure to modernise its network and expand its coverage nationwide to build a stronger and more stable network.

"Resilient focus on providing a better data experience means more Malaysian in more areas can now have access to a high quality, always on, high-speed Internet connectivity.

"Our brand new ‘Best for Internet network’ solidly position us to grow our mobile Internet customer base further," he added.

Meanwhile, Digi chief marketing officer, Christian Thrane said the company expects the revenue growth for Digi to be around 4-6 per cent this year, with a continued significant growth from the Internet mobile users.

He said last year the company had about 47 per cent growth in Internet mobile users and with a new network and new technology plus high smart phone penetration in Malaysia, the growth was expected to be more exponential this year.

Thrane added Digi’s Best for Internet proposition is about providing customers a total Internet experience by taking holistic approach in innovating products that fits customers usage patterns of which he said is based on their statistic analysis on customer’s usage and frequencies.

Digi provides mobile voice, Internet and digital services to 11 million customers in Malaysia.

Subscribers of the new byte size weekly package can now enjoy unlimited Internet surfing and social messaging from RM3, RM5 or RM7 for weekly package, while the new Digi Smart Plans is ranged between RM50 to RM148 per month.

Higher packages are also bundled with Norton Mobile Security Protection, said Thrane.-- Bernama