TM which has strong footing in the fixed broadband business has plans to roll out LTE service this year. While it has allocation to operate with the 450MHz and 850MHz spectrum, it isn’t enough to deliver full 4G services especially data. Their lower frequency spectrum has the advantage of better coverage but it has limited capacity for high-speed data transfers. To fulfil the gap, TM needs to partner or acquire a telco that has allocation for the higher 2600MHz spectrum and P1 is currently looking like an ideal choice. Previously we heard that TM intends to roll out LTE by February and it is likely to be held back until this merger or acquisition is finalised.
Rolling out LTE will be a daunting task for TM and they have set an ambitious target of 1 million subscribers by 2017. By acquiring P1, it not only gives them a chunk of its existing customer base but also its valuable infrastructure that consists of over 2,000 base stations nationwide including East Malaysia. This would definitely give TM a good head start instead of rolling a new wireless network from scratch.
The report also added that while demand for fixed data is strong, it is seeing a slowdown in terms growth. This spurs the urgency to look into other potential areas such as wireless services. Considering the vast availability of 4G LTE devices even for entry level smart phones, wireless data is broadly seen as the next area of growth. At the moment, Maxis is a dominant 4G LTE player while Celcom, DiGi and U Mobile are aggressively expanding its coverage and services. If TM intends to be a formidable player, they would definitely need a fast forward route just to keep up with the competition.
So far there’s nothing official yet but we expect both P1 and its new buyer to make an announcement very soon.
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UPDATE: Looks like Maxis has updated the page, dropping its “all metal casing” description.
Hope they get that fixed quickly before someone gets hurt.
Celcom, one of the telcos offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Malaysia is one step closer in offering the new flagship device on contract. After posting a teaser image last week, they have started opening registration of interest for the new flagship device.
Interestingly, the registration page reveals that Celcom is only offering 2 colours – Black & Shimmering White. Meanwhile DiGi is offering the striking Electric Blue as an additional colour. To make your early registration worthwhile, Celcom will be inviting those who have registered between 20-24th March to a special Galaxy S5 preview event.
From the registration page, Celcom indicates that we will be receiving the smaller 16GB version of the Galaxy S5. Fortunately, there’s a microSD expansion slot that supports up to 128GB microSD. Like its former Galaxy S4, the 16GB on-board storage is probably insufficient for most users as almost half would likely be taken up by system files.
Maxis SurfMore plans are perfect for those needing mobile internet above anything else. If you’re planning on using SurfMore in the long run, Maxis is rewarding subscribers by offering up to 3 months subscription if you sign on contract. This is applicable for SurfMore 50 (RM50/month) and SurfMore 75 (RM75/month) which offers monthly 2GB and 5GB data quota respectively.
For 12 months contract, they will give 1 month free subscription while those that are willing to tie in for 24 months will get 3 months free subscription. That’s a RM225 value if you agree to be tied for 24 months on SurfMore 75. This offer is valid from now until 30th June 2014.
However take note that there will be a penalty charge if you intend to terminate, downgrade, change ownership or postpaid plans. The penalty charge is basically the same value as your free subscription. So if you get RM225 off from the contract offer, you’ll be penalised the same amount.
Not to be left behind, Maxis too has teased that it will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Malaysia. The teaser which appears on their website proclaims that the wait is over but without offering any dates or call for registration of interest. It looks like we would still need to wait a little bit longer before its launch and contract pricing is revealed.
Like previous Samsung flagship launches, we can expect the big 3 telcos to offer the new Galaxy S5 simultaneously on 11th April if there’s no further delays. To get to know the Galaxy S5 better, check out our hands-on video.
Celcom too has revealed that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on their network. They have just placed a teaser image on their website and it looks like a simultaneous launch by the big 3 telcos in Malaysia. DiGi has just initiated their registration of interest for the new flagship device yesterday with 3 colour options available.
According to their product page, the Galaxy S5 model isn’t confirmed yet as they have listed either 16GB/32GB of on-board storage available. Knowing that the on-board TouchWiz interface and features does take up a significant amount of storage, we hope that we’re getting the larger 32GB version. The Galaxy S5 is expected to be available next month on 11th April.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our extensive hands-on with the Galaxy S5 from Barcelona.
UPDATE: Read our First Impressions of the Vibe Z here.
Lenovo officially launched its first ever 4G LTE smartphone, the Vibe Z, in Malaysia today. Retailing for RM1,799, the Vibe Z features a 5.5-inch full HD display, a high-spec 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on board storage however the devcie lacks microSD expansion. At the rear is a 13MP camera and a the front you get a 5MP unit. On-board there’s a generous 3,000mAh capacity battery that should give you close to two days of use.
In the hands, the Vibe Z feels premium. With the thickness 7.9mm, the device looks and feels svelte. The back cover is made out plastic but it has been laser etched to cover up the fact the it’s plastic and Lenovo did a good job with it as the Vibe Z feels like fabric with a nice texture to the touch.
At launch the Vibe Z is exclusively available from Celcom. First 30 customers who sign up with the Celcom First Plan with mPro or mPro Plus data plan for 24 months will be eligible to get device at the special RM688 price with additional RM50 shopping voucher. If you are not one of the first 30, Celcom offers the Vibe Z from RM988 on the same plan. Celcom will be having a special launch event starting from today at their Blue Cube @ Sunway Oasis Boulevard Outlet at Sunway Pyramid. If you prefer to get it outright without contract, the Vibe Z will be available across its dealers nationwide from 15th April.
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The latest Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to come to Malaysia on 11th April and DiGi has wasted no time by kicking off its registration of interest. The registration page reveals 3 colours available – Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue, leaving out the “band-aid” looking Cooper Gold colour option. So far no word on the Galaxy S5 model that’s coming and we are hoping that Samsung Malaysia is bringing in the larger 32GB version.
To recap on the specs, the Galaxy S5 comes with a faster 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor with 2GB of RAM while the screen is slightly bigger than before at 5.1″ with Full HD resolution. In terms of storage, it comes with a choice of either 16GB or 32GB storage along with a larger 2,800mAh capcity battery. The 2 new notable hardware features include a finger print scanner on the home button and a rear mounted heart rate sensor.
The main camera now has been upgraded to 16MP which claims to offer the fastest focus speed on a smart phone at 0.3 seconds. 4G LTE support comes as standard along with the usual NFC, WiFi 802.11ac, Infared port and Bluetooth 4.0. To make it more life-proof, the Galaxy S5 now comes with water and dust resistance rated at IP67.
For more more information, head over to DiGi’s Samsung Galaxy S5 registration page.
Want to know more about the Galaxy S5 and its new features? Head after the break for our full coverage of the Galaxy S5 from the recent Samsung Unpacked 5 event.
The Lenovo Vibe Z will be available from as low as RM688 on Celcom this coming Saturday. This is Lenovo’s first 4G LTE enabled device and it runs on a high spec 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm with 2GB of RAM and a 5.5″ Full HD Display.
As a special launch promo, the first 30 customers which signs up with Celcom’s First Plan with mPro or mPro Plus data plan will be eligible to get device at the special RM688 price with additional RM50 shopping voucher. The special launch event is happening at their Blue Cube @ Sunway Oasis Boulevard Outlet at Sunway Pyramid. However it wasn’t mentioned if there’s a contract duration to it. If it is 24 months, the RM688 pricing is rather normal for phone contract bundling as the Vibe Z is priced outright at RM1,799.
Continuing on the spec, the Lenovo Vibe Z has a rear 13MP camera and a front facing 5MP unit. On-board you’ll get a rather generous 3,000mAh capacity battery and 16GB of storage. If you need to store more photos and videos, you probably might need to invest in a micro USB thumbdrive as the Vibe Z lacks a microSD expansion slot. It is rather thin with a rather slender 7.9mm body and over at the back, it comes with laser etched back cover which gives a fabric like feel to it.
Head after the break for additional hands-on photos of the Lenovo Vibe Z.
Maxis and DiGi is offering free calls to Malaysia Airlines hotline at +603 7884 1234 for family and friends of passengers on this morning’s MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. This is applicable for all postpaid and prepaid subscribers on both networks.
The Beijing bound B777 aircraft went off the radar at 2:40AM local time and the fate of its crew and passengers are still unknown. Malaysia Airlines is issuing regular updates every 2 hours. You can keep up with the official updates on their website here.