The fibre broadband service provided by Maxis, MaxisOne Home Fibre is the only competitor that managed to make some inroads into a market dominated by TM UniFi.
If you are in the market for fibre broadband, but can’t decide on which provider to go for? Read on and we will give you the low-down of how MaxisONE Home and TM UniFi compared.
The nationwide coverage of TIME Fibre is no match to both MaxisONE Home and UniFi. While Celcom Home Broadband has just joined the competition recently.
Due to the reasons mentioned above, TIME Fibre and Celcom Home Broadband are not included in this comparison.
Maxis Home Fibre was rebranded to MaxisONE Home Fibre on 16th November 2016. In line with the rebranding exercise, the plans and pricing structure were tweaked to position Maxis as a direct competitor to UniFi.
The newly created MaxisONE Home Lite (30Mbps) is priced at RM179, which is exactly the same price as the UniFi ADVANCED 30Mbps. HyppTV, the IPTV service by TM is part of the UniFi ADVANCED 30Mbps plan. On the other hand, MaxisONE Home Lite (30Mbps) does not come with any IPTV at all. Outgoing Voice calls or VOIP is charged on a pay-as-you-use basis for both of these 30Mbps plans.
Maxis is offering the entry level plan of 10Mbps at RM139/month to take advantage of UniFi abolishing the lowest plans of 5Mbps (RM149/month). MaxisONE Home Fibre 10Mbps (RM139/month) is now the cheapest plan among the available fibre broadband plan in Malaysia. For those who want a no frills and affordable fibre plan, Maxis is the only option.
MaxisONE Home Fibre is slightly cheaper than UniFi for the 2 higher speed plans of 50Mbps and top of the line 100Mbps. Not all fibre ready premise will be able to achieve the 100Mbps download speed, though. For instance, units within a highrise building with copper wire for the last mile connection can only support up to a download speed of 30Mbps.
Equipment wise, all MaxisONE Home Fibre plans come with the bare minimum of a modem and WiFi Router. The DECT (cordless) phone for voice calls is not provided. The users will have to either purchase a new DECT phone or use one they already have. While a modem, Wifi Router, DECT phone and STB (set top box for HyppTV) are the standard equipment for all UniFi plans.
UniFi offered more additional features for the fibre plans than MaxisONE Home Fibre. HyppTV Everywhere on 2 devices, iFlix (12 months access), viu subscription and 500MB/day for TM WiFi are the 5 features included with all UniFi plans. MaxisONE Home Fibre is giving away UNLIMITED iflix access and FREE Maxperts consultation with end-to-end setup as standard for the 30Mbps (RM179/month) and above. Although MaxisONE Home Fibre has fewer features than UniFi, it is not a deal breaker for users who value internet speed and stability above all else.
UniFi is having an add-ons galore by offering not 1 but 5 Add-ons. All of these add-ons are optional and come with additional cost. You be the judge if any of these add-ons is worth it for the price quoted.
Installation, Contract and Download Quota
The common denominators for both MaxisONE Home Fibre and UniFi are, free installation (standard only), 24 contract (minimum subscription period) and Unlimited download (no quota).
Fibre Service Coverage Area
Lastly, coverage for both services is comparable to each other. Some area is UniFi exclusive zone and vice versa. Neither MaxisONE Home nor UniFi has an edge over the other in terms of numbers of ports made available to the end users.
For the mass majority of end users looking for a basic fibre internet connection without worrying too much about add-ons, then you can’t go wrong with MaxisONE Home Fibre.
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