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VoIP service provider targets 100,000 users

Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider Frizzhub Voice Services Sdn Bhd is expecting close to 100,000 subscribers by year-end.

Managing director S. Saravanan said the company was optimistic of increasing subscribers from the current 1,000 as the product allowed users to make unlimited calls to over 40 countries for RM249 a month. „Other than corporate and individual users, we are targeting Government agencies, which have shown interest in this service,” he told StarBiz recently. Saravanan said although the service was not officially launched yet, the company had received good response from these target markets as well as small and medium enterprises.

The service allows subscribers to make unlimited phone calls to countries such as China, Hungary, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Austria through the use of an analogue telephone adaptor (ATA). Saravanan said that in March, Frizzhub had launched another service which enabled subscribers to use the portable ATA when they travel and work abroad. „The service is ideal for students or people working abroad to make calls to their loved ones or contacts. „This is possible with the two users using the same ATA under the service,” he added. He said the service was offered for selective countries, allowing people to make unlimited phone calls for RM88 per month.

Saravanan said he was confident of signing up more subscribers as he claimed that this VOIP service was the only one in the local market offering unlimited calls. He also said the company was working on packages for low call rates for markets such as India and Indonesia to tap into the high demand from the populous nations. Frizzhub was set up with an initial investment of RM1mil eight months ago. The company currently has about 20 distributors with a 350-strong sales team operating from major towns in Malaysia. It is also learnt that Frizzhub was in the midst of venturing into mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services as soon as early 2008. MVNOs typically lease network capacity from telecommunications companies and offer their own branded mobile service. (