The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) will address the issue of exclusivity arrangements between telco providers and high-rise property developers or building management companies.
Those who have made such arrangements have the chance to take “immediate remedial measures”, failing which action would be taken under the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 and/or the Competition Act 2010. “MCMC and MyCC view this matter seriously as it deprives the end users of choosing their preferred telecommunications service providers, leads to high prices and poor quality for broadband services,” said the press release.
According to the press release, the MCMC also recently published the “Garis Panduan Perancangan Infrastruktur Komunikasi, (GPP-I)’’ guideline, which prohibits such exclusive arrangements between telco poviders and property developers or building management companies.
MCMC’s announcement is certainly a welcome one, as broadband users should be allowed to use whatever they want. Hopefully, the relevant parties will play nice and take those remedial measures as soon as possible, instead of continuing to force users into an unwanted exclusivity deal until MCMC does something about it.