Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I have TM's HSBB!!!

This afternoon TM installed the HSBB (high-speed broadband) for me. Omar and his colleague had to pull an optical fibre line from the nearest telephone pole to where I am.
Logo TM - Telekom Malaysiapix fromhere

TM said it may take 6 to 8 hours. Omar and his colleague took under 4 hours.

When it finally got installed, the Internet took a quantum leap...literally. At 20 mbps, Youtube became completely smooth with hardly any buffering. It used to be soooo slow. I had to go and fix a cup of coffee, cook instant noodles, sweep the floor, stare out of the window and flush the toilet several times before a 4-minute video could be viewed without the painful buffering. I may have exaggerated. But as of this afternoon, I could re-watch JFK's Inaugural Address instantly. What a treat!

My kudos and thanks to TM.

I hope TM's roll-out will be smooth. The "last mile" connection is the tricky bit since a dedicated optical fibre line has to be physically pulled and connected. This may slow down the number of installations per day. But, it will be worth the wait.

pix from here

Forget about wimax with its "fair usage". Forget about wanting to "potong". TM's HSBB is the only way to surf!

Now, I beg to be excused, I have to get back to Part 2 of JFK's Inaugural Address...


flyer168 said...


Congratulations, since you have the basic land line, then the TM Streamyx (which sucks!), so you made the right choice Bro....

Like..."It's cheaper to remain married...than to start anew"

Those that changed to Wimax, etc still have to maintain their landlines for phone/Fax...a double whammy!

I went a step further, by requesting 2 direct/dedicated TM connections - to my home phone/fax line & the internet (like in the Hotels) to give me that uninterrupted data signals to my wireless PC/Laptop.

Anyway, Have fun & enjoy it bro.


Kama said...

I simply lurrrve the tone of this piece.. that's the way to go, taiko!

hishamh said...

"Ask not what your country can do for you..."

I seriously envy you my friend!

Patricia said...

I like what I read here :)

You-Tube without the buffering? In old-speak: Cool!

Or, as Randy Jackson says: Dope, dude!

Anonymous said...

was the optical fibres and installation works supplied by opcom?

mekyam said...

congratters, ct dear! can feel your joy all the way here. happiness is definitely fast uninterrupted internet connection!

btw in the news again (last week, i think), the UN is still pushing hard to make internet access a human right.

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Hahaha, 'yau mo kau cho mah tai lo' A man of your stature 'cook instant noodle' whilst waiting...kekeke. On second thought maybe u add some abalone to sweeten the soup!


walla said...

The critical thing is whether the consumption of those instant noodles was before, or after, the quadruple flushing.

The answer to that might provide a much needed explanation for the quantum leap in performance. (;P)

20Mbps? sigh... some people get all the breaks.

On a more serious note, broadband has a downside. The more users in the area, the slower the speed. So initially when subscribers are few, the speed may be fast but as more catch onto the package, it will go down in addition to dropped lines and hung screens occasioned by thunderstorms...in which case, subscription rates should follow a sliding timescale.

One can only hope that by the time all that happens, TM would already have upgraded with more powerful packeting servers; maybe a leaf can be taken from how Korea, Japan and HK are doing it.

And yes, technology costs. But it also opens new vistas of applications and user experience which can push progress, draw creativity and enhance productivity.

Meanwhile one can tweak the pc configuration to make things go faster; for instance, some of the windows default settings actually overload the machine.

Whatever it is, few can deny it is good to have faster connections, bigger downloads and stronger stability.

Because there is a whole new world in there waiting to be discovered....

for instance, can this be applied to the NEM, you reckon? http://is.gd/aJyXP

and how about this? http://is.gd/aJnE9

or this? http://is.gd/aJA4Q

or, if you like, these?

and then again:

and just as we are about to heave a sigh of relief... there's that thing called the 'invisible web' ....http://is.gd/aJAxS

Anonymous said...

what's the cost like?
couldnt find any info on TM HSBB website.
whether intentional or otherwise, it's just plain stupid. people would normally be curious about the cost associated with the service provided


semuanya OK kot said...

Instead of giving any credence to the speeds claimed in marketing, just enable the progress/speed pop-up of your brower (if it has one). You will see that speeds (a) are usually just a single-digit percentage of the service level (b) vary widely even for the loading of a single web page.

There are dilemmas involved here. Greater speed usually means (a) more exposure to radiation for the community, over which the debate is clouded (b) more traffic (less precision in words and more graphics, which helps to erode literacy, which promotes more traffic...)