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Let’s say you’ve decided on the university you want to attend but it’s miles from home. You could stay on-campus but most of us want our freedom, so off-campus accommodation it is!

Besides moving in and getting to know your new housemates, there’s one crucial factor to make it feel like home: fast, stable and affordable internet!

What do you do if internet connectivity is not included in the rent? Here are some key points to consider when selecting the best plan or provider for your needs.

Speed

If you want to be ahead, you got to be fast. Whether it’s for Netflix (and chill), Twitch, or Steam, speed is a must. Speed also goes two ways. There are download and upload speeds. Most service providers these days offer symmetrical (i.e. same) speeds. Taking into consideration that you’ll be sharing with your housemates, a minimum speed of 100Mbps is good. If you’re all heavy users, go with the 500Mbps to make sure you’re covered.

Bandwidth

Aside from your speed, you also need to look at something called bandwidth. The higher the bandwidth, the more devices you can connect to your network without compromising speed. Think of it like lanes on a highway: the more lanes (i.e. higher bandwidth), the more cars (i.e. devices) can travel fast on it. As a general rule of thumb, 100Mbps will support up to 6 connected devices while 500Mbps will support 8 or more connected devices. Remember, most people have 2 to 3 devices each.

Price

We left this for last, but it’s probably one of the most important factors when deciding which internet plan to subscribe to. You don’t want to spend too much, but you do need to spend enough on a decently priced plan that meets your needs. For example, a 100Mbps plan at RM149/month is roughly about RM38 a person when split amongst 4 housemates.

Internet Service Provider

Lowest Price Point

Highest Price Point

Symmetrical Speeds

Contract Period

TIME Fibre Home Broadband

100Mbps @ RM149/mth

500Mbps @ RM299/mth

Yes

24 months

MaxisOne Home Broadband

10Mbps @ RM139/mth

100Mbps @ RM299/mth

Yes

24 months

TM UniFi

10Mbps @ RM129/mth

100Mbps @ RM329/mth

No

24 months

Celcom Home Fibre

10Mbps @ RM120/mth

40Mbps @ RM180/mth

Yes

24 months

 

You Should Also Know...

Availability

Not all providers are available everywhere. It is important to check if your area has the provider you want. If they do not cover your area, you can make a request on their website.

Contract 

Take note of the contract period. Terminating before the contract period will cost you a penalty. Some providers, like TIME does allow for a change of ownership at no cost, which you can pass down to the next tenant. Either way, always read the fine print!

And that’s all there is to it!

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