According to Bernama, under an MOU signed with MCMC, Packet One Networks (P1) will be setting up many WiFi access points covering Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley with the aim of increasing broadband coverage to 90 percent of the population by 2010.
Meanwhile, according to a newspaper report recently, P1 will be providing wireless access service by using a combination of WiMax and WiFi technologies.
P1, which is one of the 4 Wimax license holders. The other WiMax license holders are Bizsurf (M) Sdn Bhd, Asiaspace Dotcom Sdn Bhd and Redtone-CNX Broadband Sdn Bhd. Bizsurf, Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd (formerly known as MIB Comm Sdn Bhd) and Asiaspace Dotcom will cover Peninsular Malaysia while Redtone-CNX Broadband will serve Sabah and Sarawak. According to the original plan, these companies are supposed to provide WiMax service by end of 2007.
However, it is a joke to realise at the later stage that there is no certified WiMax mobile equipment at 2.3GHz (probably refer to the reasonable cost equipment).
Now, instead of providing WiMax broadband wireless access service, these companies are now using WiMax as backbone instead. This has defeat the original purpose of MCMC to award WiMax licences at 2.3GHz, i.e., for mobile broadband wireless access.
In this WirelessKL project, P1 is in fact using WiMax as the backhaul solution.