CLOSING THE DIGITAL GAP ONE STEP AT A TIME
Business Today Malaysia|April 2021
Allo’s Chief Executive Officer Rodzi Ahmad speaks to BusinessToday on the journey the company has undertaken since 2018 in bridging the digital divide in the country, and what the future holds for the telecommunications infrastructure service provider.
 POOV ENRAJ KANAGARAJ
Formerly known as Setia Haruman Technology Sdn Bhd, Allo Technology Sdn Bhd (Allo) was formed to facilitate the development of smart cities through reliable telecommunication infrastructure and provides a range of ICT services including system integration, networking, and consultancy.

In 2018, the company undertook a more serious role, having been acquired by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) as the utility company wanted to go beyond the energy meter business.

The company soon saw increased success after becoming TNB’s subsidiary and had aggressively planned to expand their fibre optimisation service nationwide in 2019 towards becoming the preferred connectivity services partner.

“We are not looking to expand into city centres or urban areas, but instead, we are looking into those areas with no high-speed broadband services just yet,” Allo Chief Executive Officer, Rodzi Ahmad tells Business Today, claiming that it will be a challenge to make it commercially viable and cost-effective at the same time but its one that he has taken on assertively.

REDUCING THE GAP

“We want to reduce the digital divide in the country, particularly in the suburban areas, which will aid in improving the digital economy and lifestyle in the underserved areas. When we talk about underserved areas, the people in these places usually have either no broadband connection and so have to depend on their mobile connectivity, or the bandwidth provided is minimal, and not of the latest speeds.

“People in these areas also do not have the freedom to choose from a range of providers because the offerings are just limited. As part of TNB, we take pride in all initiatives that help in nation-building and betterment of the people,” he says, commenting on his move to target suburban and rural areas.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM BUSINESS TODAY MALAYSIAView All

INNOVATING TRADITION

The Olive Tree Group’s Managing Director, Leslie Gomez shares on staying ahead in the F&B ecosystem and how he keeps both modernity and tradition alive in his establishments.

5 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

WILL A RISING TIDE LIFT ALL BOATS?

In the past, a total income of RM800–RM1,000 could support six people or more. Nowadays, you can barely support three people, and even that is a nightmare...

4 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

TAKING ON A FRAGMENTED CANCER CARE SYSTEM

The shortage of oncologists is an issue faced by the whole world, including Malaysia.

3 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

LABUAN SET TO ONLY GROW STRONGER AND FURTHER IN THE DIGITAL FINANCE SPACE

Labuan’s reputation as a financial centre dates back to 1990 when the Labuan International Business and Financial Center (Labuan IBFC) was created.

4 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

REVOLUTIONISING KITCHENS ONE STEP AT A TIME

Cloud kitchens are no novel introduction to the Malaysian market. While they have yet to really mushroom across the city, Kuala Lumpur is already home to growing names such as Cookhouse and Pop Meals. Now it is home to another, COOX.

3 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

WHY DDI TECHNOLOGY IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR MULTICLOUD SUCCESS

Covid-19 has been a rapid learning curve for businesses as they transition to virtual off-premise spaces, requiring fast and efficient access to varied applications to ensure a return to business-as-usual.

3 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

There’s no “best” leadership style, no “magic bullet” when it comes to leading a company. But a certain style of leadership is ideal for certain circumstances.

4 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

CHAMPIONING DIGITAL TALENT IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

The Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Plus Solar, Ryan Oh Zhi Kang has highlighted the need for more talent in software engineering, UIUX design and data analytics in Malaysia.

3 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

ELEVATING THE MALAYSIA-EU BILATERAL TRADE RELATIONS

The negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Malaysia and the European Union (EU), known as the MEUFTA, began in 2010 but reached an impasse in 2012.

3 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021

BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FUTURE-READY TALENTS

Back in 1992, the Sunway College was just one institution.

4 mins read
Business Today Malaysia
May 2021
RELATED STORIES

Do's & Don'ts Of Giving Your Kids An Allowance

You can teach your kids important money management skills by giving them a regular allowance.

4 mins read
St Johns Parent
January 2020

Do's & Don'ts Of Giving Your Kids An Allowance

You can teach your kids important money management skills by giving them a regular allowance.

4 mins read
Volusia Parent
January 2020

Allonzo Trier Becoming A Strong Piece Of The Knicks

Allonzo Trier didn’t storm into the NBA the way you might’ve thought he would had you followed his hype-filled childhood. But he’s kept a level head and is becoming a strong piece of the Knicks’ increasingly bright future.

3 mins read
Slam
December 2018

चिकित्सा पद्धति कोई भी हो लक्ष्य मात्र मानव कल्याण हो

विगत कुछ दिनों से देश में आयुर्वेद बनाम ऐलोपैथी की जंग छिड़ी हुई है। बाबा रामदेव के एक बयान का इंडियन मेडिकल एसोसिएशन ने पुरजोर विरोध किया है। हालांकि बाबा रामदेव ने अपना बयान वापस ले लिया है परन्तु फिर भी बात आईएमए द्वारा बाबा पर एक हजार करोड़ रुपए की मानहानि के दावे के साथ-साथ न्यायालय का दरवाजा खटखटाने से लेकर देशद्रोह के आरोपों तक पहुंच गई है।

1 min read
Uday India Hindi
June 13, 2021

डॉक्टरों ने मनाया काला दिवस

एलोपैथी को लेकर योगगुरु बाबा रामदेव के विवादित बयान के विरोध में मंगलवार को दिल्ली समेत देशभर के कई राज्यों में डॉक्टरों ने काला दिवस मनाया। एम्स और सफदरजंग अस्पताल के डॉक्टरों ने काली पट्टी बांधकर विरोध जताया।

1 min read
Hindustan Times Hindi
June 02, 2021

रामदेव पर राजद्रोह का मामला दर्ज होना चाहिए

आईएमए ने प्रधानमंत्री को पत्र लिखकर कहा

1 min read
Dakshin Bharat Rashtramat Chennai
May 27, 2021

किसी में दम नहीं जो मुझे गिरफ्तार कर सके: रामदेव

एलोपैथी व आयुर्वेद को लेकर बाबा रामदेव और आईएमए के बीच चल रहे विवाद के बीच सोशल मीडिया में वायरल हुए एक वीडियो में बाबा रामदेव कहते दिख रहे हैं कि किसी में दम नहीं जो रामदेव को अरेस्ट कर सके।

1 min read
Hindustan Times Hindi
May 27, 2021

पुरानी डेनिम नया अंदाज

आपके पास डेनिम तो होगी, पर उसे पहनती होंगी उसी पुराने अंदाज में। कैसे डेनिम को नए अंदाज से पहनें

1 min read
Anokhi
February 13, 2021

देश में पहली बार सभी कामगारों को मिलेगा यात्रा भत्ता ट्रेन में द्वितीय श्रेणी के सफर की सुविधा दी जाएगी

बस,शर्त ये : कामगार ने संबंधित प्रतिष्ठान में 180 दिन काम किया हो

1 min read
Haribhoomi Delhi
November 27, 2020

डायबिटीज में लाभकारी है नैचुरल डाइट

अपने आहार में इन चीजों को शामिल कर डायबिटीज को काफी हद तक नियंत्रण में रख सकती हैं...

1 min read
Grihshobha - Hindi
November First 2020