Monday, September 06, 2004
Internet service provider Jaring is on track to launch its wireless broadband Internet service in mid-October. “We began installing our base stations last week, starting with the Seri Kembangan area," Jaring chief executive officer Dr Mohamed Awang-Lah told In.Tech at the Asean Communications and Multimedia Forum and Expo (ACM) 2004 earlier this week. "We will launch our service as planned in mid-October, covering central Kuala Lumpur, Seri Kembangan and other major parts of the Klang Valley,” he added.
The ISP has yet to decide on pricing for its broadband wireless Internet and voice services, but said they would be “competitive.” At ACM 2004, Jaring announced a service which lets its subscribers check their Internet account balance by SMS (short message service).
Subscribers must first register their mobile number through Jaring’s "self-care" portal at www.online.jaring.my.
In the pipeline is the Jaring e-Mall e-commerce portal, targeted at small and medium businesses. It provides customers with tools to configure their online stores, layout, payment methods, product categories, inventory management, shipping, and others.
Jaring will provide e-Mall customers with a payment gateway through a local bank, and a merchant ID. It has tied up with Citylink, Nationwide and Skynet, which will collect and deliver goods for e-Mall users. So far, over 10 merchants have signed up with the online mall, but only NiKi Cosmetics has gone live. Jaring charges merchants RM300 per month if they sign up for three years, and RM400 per month if they sign up for less.
A 14-day free trial is available via http://mall.jaring.my/.