Top 6 Internet Provider For Your Online Classes

The year 2020 was not too kind to us. The new norm we are forced to adapt to has left us vulnerable and put us all in a tight spot. It can’t be helped as we must adhere to social distancing, wearing a face mask once you take a step outside your door, handwashing for 20 seconds, and other prevention practices to lessen the risk of being infected. To wait patiently for our life to go back to the way it was before the outbreak, would take a whole 7 years (estimated). In the meantime, we must seclude ourselves in our homes and less outdoor activities unless necessary. 

Students who are working hard on their studies are among those severely affected by the pandemic. Their education is at peril due to the fact that they have to avoid physical classes as a precaution to lower the infection rate of the lethal disease. It is a difficult situation as they need direct guidance on what they learn about for their future endeavors. However, the circumstances are undesirable unless COVID-19 is completely under control such as that with the SARS pandemic back in 2002. The only solution was to join online classes to suffice the syllabus. It may be safer for everyone, but does their internet offer the same silver lining? Not everyone has the privilege to have a smooth live stream run as each has its own internet capacity. In the end, everything is dependent on what kind of internet provider they have at their homes.

What Makes The Best Internet Provider?

Speed

The good internet speed would be at or above 25 Mbps, which can support online activity like HD streaming, online gaming, web surfing and downloads. Above 100 Mbps is also great when you have your nifty internet plan to support multiple devices and users at the same time.

Equipment Provided

Getting cable internet and fiber-optic internet services will be your best bet for that rapid internet. The latter can provide speed consistency which is functional and accessible during peak usage period.

Cost

Malaysia conquers the spot as one of the most expensive places in the world for internet access. With a smart eye and keen mind, you can find the best internet provider with affordable prices and better features for a steal.

Equipment Provided

Getting cable internet and fiber-optic internet services will be your best bet for that rapid internet. The latter can provide speed consistency which is functional and accessible during the peak usage period.

Customer Support

In case any problems arise with your current broadband, your internet companies should be responsive and helpful to repair the holes and jams until it is good as new to run your fixed wireless internet.

Network Coverage

To be able to make a call with your best friend, your phone should be within the network area covered by the service provider. There are three kinds; 3G, 4G and 5G. To know the best network coverage, it actually depends on which broadband providers you opt for. 

Now that everything is settled and you are confident to get the best wifi provider while quarantining, here are the top 6 local internet provider for your live stream classes:

TM Unifi Internet

The people’s choice among the wireless internet providers for its easier internet access across the nation. Accessible for residential and business sectors, TM Unifi provides large internet coverage which offers 30 Mbps up to 800 Mbps. You may have heard of its most notable broadband called Streamyx for its fastest internet speed to date.

Unifi is a generous kind – with every penny you spend for their internet service, you will be given rewards.

If you are a gamer who needs that high-speed internet for games like Genshin Impact, or you own multiple devices at home to manage your family’s access to the connection, go for Unifi!

Key Features

  • The fastest internet speed 
  • Comes with IPTV (Internet Protocol Television)
  • Large coverage area
  • Free voice line
  • Purchase a plan will receive free Unifi plus box and unlimited data
  • Improving bandwidth

Speed

Up to 800 Mbps

Price

RM79 per month

Website

TM Unifi 

TIME Internet 

If we were to pick a competition for Unifi based on the fastest internet connection, TIME would definitely go neck-to-neck with it for the spot as the top internet providers. What’s remarkable about this broadband provider is its excellent customer service which actively strives to satisfy customer demands. Conquering its position among the reliable fibre telecom providers, TIME is worth purchasing for a good price along with secure services to its clients at the speed of 1Gbps in all of Malaysia. However, do note that the internet only covers high-rise buildings usually for corporate means.

Key Features

  • One of the fastest internet provider Malaysia
  • Affordable price deal 
  • Lock-in contract is optional
  • Strongly recommended for business use

Price

RM199 per month

Speed

1 Gbps

Website

Time High Speed Internet

Celcom Internet

One of the highly acclaimed internet companies in Malaysia, marking as the highest customer market in internet provider history as proven from its innovative products and impressive service quality. Celcom provides unlimited high-speed fiber internet along with many offers to come like prepaid, postpaid, and broadband plans at cheap internet prices. Celcom’s rapid internet download and upload speed can make you less worry about your online classes.

Key Features

  • Optimal customer services
  • Cheap internet deals
  • Provides 4G services nationwide
  • Preferably used in rural areas than the busy populated area like a city 

Price

RM80 per month

Speed

30 Mbps

Website

Time High Speed Internet

DIGI Internet 

Digi paves the way for clinching more subscribers than Celcom ever has. Being the youngest telecom company and the most trusted digital firm, this internet provider offers an advanced 4G LTE network. Digi offers postpaid, prepaid, broadband, and other accessories to its clients with unlimited data. The speedy internet also gives you the freedom to stream anything and everything with no quota to downloads.

Key Features

  • Affordably priced telecom
  • No spike during any download and internet speed (great for your online classes)
  • Best reward system (and well-managed) upon signing up
  • Ideal for small households
  • Good customer service
  • Good value to performance ratio

Price

RM130 per month

Speed

100 Mbps up to 1 Gbps 

Website

Digi Telecommunications

MAXIS Internet

Being a student in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be really frustrating to find a steady pace of connection for your online classes to run smoothly. Also, you have your assignments to submit before the deadline. That’s why Maxis existed to give a solution to your problem! With its MaxisONE’s 4G Unlimited Plan, the 20+ Mbps speed allows you to save your last minute of hard work to submit to your lecturers in a gist. In fact, Maxis is well known for its reputation to be the access provider with the least internet disruptions. It is also convenient for its plug-and-play method – you can even bring it to your local cafe for an all-nighter hustle.

Key Features

  • Offer Mesh routers for your stay-at-home online classes
  • Easy installation
  • Stable internet

Price

RM89 – RM299

Speed

30 Mbps to 800 Mbps

Website

Maxis Communications

UMOBILE Internet

Launched in 2007, UMobile is quick to attract attention and shines like a sore thumb. Its postpaid broadband plan consisting of a 4G network included free WiFi modern up to 32 GB of data. One of its esteemed broadband plans, the Giler unlimited prepaid and postpaid plans for smartphones are as efficient and as cheap as it can get, especially when you are tight on a budget.

If you have a big family in one house who work from home, do not fret! There is a UMobile plan which can connect up to 8 devices at your home. And yes, everyone can stream unlimitedly hassle-free. Plus, you do not need to be tied up to any contract.

UMobile is strongly recommended for postpaid and prepaid mobile users. 

Key Features

  • Saves a lot of bugs.
  • Simple and affordable plans and packages
  • Strong signals (no drop offs)
  • Friendly customer service

Price

The cheapest internet provider, with a minimum of RM12 up to RM128.

Speed

3G, 4G and 5G coverage.

Website

U Mobile Sdn Bhd

Your education journey is an important point in your life. The pandemic may be a struggle to some, but that does not mean it should be an excuse to put a halt on your future endeavours. Since you have come this far, you may as well make the best decision on which internet provider brand you should go for to ease your school experience while being at home. Being a consumer yourself, there are a lot of considerations to take before picking up the best plan according to your circumstances. Contact the support staff for further assistance to reassure yourself about the best broadband to go. Choose the one you are most comfortable with by reviewing the brands’ customer services, pricing and their internet speed. If you have the option, it is highly suggested to go for TM Unifi. 

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) Regarding The Internet Provider

What does it mean by internet provider?

Internet provider or internet service provider (ISP) is a company that provides access to the internet and other related services. Internet providers basically will have equipment and the telecommunication line access for particular geographic areas. 

How do I know who my internet provider is?

It is literally so easy to find out who your internet provider is. Where you just have to open your browser, click on the ‘www.ipcheck.org’ or IP Lookup Tool and your ISP will be displayed below your IP Address.

Is there only one type of internet service provider? How many of them?

No, there are basically three types of internet providers. They consist of dial-up service, high-speed internet and digital subscriber line

How many internet service providers do we have in Malaysia?

There are several internet providers that you could use in Malaysia with high performance. We have TM (The national telecommunications company in Malaysia), UNIFI, Maxis, P1, TIME, YES, Digi and Celcom.

Are there any differences between WIFI and an internet service provider?

Yes there are differences between them where WIFI is one wireless network in order to connect the nearby devices with each other and share it by using hotspots. On the other hand, an internet service provider (ISP) is a big global network that allows computers to communicate with each other. 

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