Telekom Malaysia (TM) provides two key broadband services: Streamyx and UniFi. The original Streamyx broadband package was launched in April 2001. In 2010, TM launched its new high speed broadband service called UniFi.
Now, you may be unclear about the differences between these two broadband services. So we have tried to clarify these differences below. Feel free to post comments at the end of the page to shed any more insight.
Streamyx vs UniFi Broadband
Here are three key differences between Streamyx and UniFi broadband services.
1. Streamyx Uses DSL Broadband Technology (Slower) and UniFi Uses Fibre-Optic Cables (Faster)
Streamyx connects to the internet using an older, slower broadband technology called xDSL (Digital Subscriber Line). DSL is a wireline transmission technology that transmits data over traditional copper telephone lines already installed in homes and businesses.
UniFi connects to the internet using a faster broadband technology – fibre-optic cables. Fibre optics transmits data at speeds far exceeding current DSL or cable modems.
(Note: UniFi fibre-optic cables connect to a premise. If you live in a landed property, the fibre will connect directly to your home. This is known as Fibre to the Home (FTTH). However, if your residence is in a high rise building, the fibre connects only to a specific part of the condominium building. Then a Very fast Digital Subscriber Line 2 (VDSL) will connect that part of the building to your individual apartment. Even though UniFi is using VDSL for last part of the broadband connection to your apartment, you should not experience a noticeable difference in speed compared to people with Fibre to the Home.)
Ultimately, both UniFi setups should provide faster internet speed than Streamyx.
2. Streamyx Does Not Offer HyppTV Services
The second key difference between UniFi and Streamyx is that Streamyx packages do not inlucde HyppTV services, which basically comprises basic TV channels. We made a list of UniFi’s channels here.
UPDATE (19 November 2013): Streamyx now offers HyppTV services for the 8Mbps plan and the 4Mbps plan. The 8Mbps plan includes free HyppTV basic channels. The 4Mbps plan lets you get a HyppTV add on.
3. Streamyx Offers Cheaper Broadband Packages than UniFi
Lastly, the third key difference between Streamyx and UniFi is price. Streamyx broadband packages cost from RM110 (for 1 Mbps) to RM160 (for 8 Mbps).
UniFi broadband packages cost from from RM 149 (for 5 Mbps) to RM 249 (for 20 Mbps).
Verdict Between Streamyx and UniFi
UniFi is likely the better choice over Streamyx broadband service. However, you’ll need to make sure UniFi is covered in your area and remember it costs more than Streamyx. Essentially, UniFi is primarily better if you want a faster internet service and, also, if you want HyppTV services.
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