SINGAPORE (Apr 3): It is probably not the first thing that comes to mind but the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia — which was imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19 and which will now end on April 14 instead of March 31 — could turn out to be a boon for telcos.

The fact that millions of people are now logging on to work from home has certainly increased the use of telecoms services, both data and voice.

To their credit, most Malaysian telcos — including Maxis, Digi.Com and Celcom — are offering users staying at home during the MCO period free additional internet data or other rewards. But are they benefiting from the work from home arrangement, money wise? How long will the surging demand for telecoms services last?

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