Packet One

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Private
Industry Telecommunications
Founded February 11, 2002
Headquarters 159, Jalan Templer, Section 8, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Key people Puan Chan Cheong
(Group Managing Director)

Shukor Karim
(Chairman)

Michael Lai
(CEO)
Products 4G WiMAX Wireless broadband
Fixed Voice
Fiber
SIP Trunking service
Wireless Internet Leased Line
NextSMS
Employees 800+ (2012)
Parent Green Packet Bhd
Website http://www.p1.com.my

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.

Milestones

  • Intel Corporation[2] – May 2008
  • ZTE China [4] – March 2009
  • SK Telecom announced strategic alliance with P1, which SK Telecom will acquire approximately 25% stake in P1.[5] - June 2010


Products and services

WiMAX

P1 W1MAX

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.[9]

WIGGY

P1 W1MAX's On-the-Go Portable Modem is called WIGGY [10]

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.

WiMAX for Embedded Devices

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

Awards and Accolade

  • 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 Network

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 aka IEEE 802.16m specification does adhere to the 4G specifications and is officially recognized 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.

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Official website of P1's parent company
  • Latest Update on Packet One
  • Packet One Malaysia Calls on Alcatel-Lucent for 2.3 GHz WiMAX Network
  • Packet One to deploy 3,500 WiFi hotposts in Kuala Lumpur
  • WiMAX Forum Member Companies
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